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Peggy Dymond Leavey

Peggy Dymond Leavey

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Born in Toronto, Peggy Dymond Leavey received her formal education in nine different schools between Winnipeg and Fort Chambly, Quebec. Today she lives near Trenton, Ontario with her husband. She has three grown children.A love of local history led to many freelance articles, contributions to three books of local history, and her own book describing the years when her hometown boasted a movie-making industry. Since 1994, she has written several short stories for children, has published 9 novels for young readers and three biographies — Mary Pickford, Laura Secord, and Molly Brant — in the Quest Biography series of Dundurn Press.

Trenton, ON


The Path Through the Trees. 2005, Napoleon
The Deep End Gang . 2003, Napoleon
Finding My Own Way. 2001, Napoleon
Sky Lake Summer. 1999, Napoleon
A Circle in Time. 1997, Napoleon
Help Wanted: Wednesdays Only. 1997, Napoleon
Treasure at Turtle Lake. 2007, Napoleon
Trouble at Turtle Narrows. 2008, Napoleon
Growing Up Ivy. 2010, Dundurn Press
Mary Pickford: Canada's Silent Siren, America's Sweetheart. 2011, Dundurn Press
Laura Secord: Heroine of the War of 1812. 2012, Dundurn Press
Molly Brant: Mohawk Loyalist and Diplomat. 2012, Dundurn Press


Silver Birch Award nominee for Sky Lake Summer, 2000
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee for Sky Lake Summer, 2000
Arthur Ellis Award nominee for Deep End Gang, 2004
Silver Birch Honour Book for Deep End Gang, 2004
Silver Birch Award nominee for The Path through the Trees, 2007
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee for The Path through the Trees, 2007
Growing Up Ivy for CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2011 (starred selection), 2011
Speaker's Book Award shortlist for Laura Secord, Heroine of the War of 1812, 2013
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Grades 4-6; maximum 70 students. 45-60 minutes.

I usually begin with a short selection from my latest book, but I'm willing to adapt the
presentation to fit any theme (literacy, Education Week, etc.).

In this interactive program, I talk about how I started writing, and where my story ideas come from. Included is a slide show — pictures from my life, scenes from my books, places where I find inspiration, and what a manuscript looks like in its various stages.
I encourage feedback from the students and try to end with a Q & A. I provide bookmarks, posters, and teacher handouts of classroom activities and ideas for further discussion.
I am a retired librarian with many years' experience in speaking to children and nurturing a love of reading and writing.

Grades 7-8:  maximum 70 students. 45-60 minutes.

Laura Secord: Historical Research and The Place of Imagination.  This presentation includes short readings from my biography of Laura Secord and a discussion of the legendary Canadian heroine — her early years in the U.S., life in Upper Canada, the Battle of Queenston Heights, and her feat of bravery that led to victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams.

Although this is a Young Adult title, I can tailor a Laura Secord presentation for an audience of any age.

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45-60 min.
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