Member Profile

Trudee Romanek

Photo: Alex Dvorak 2015

Trudee came to writing through the back door. She studied English and drama at the University of Toronto with the intention of becoming an editor. The thought of writing professionally never really crossed her mind. For several years she was an editor of math, science and language arts textbooks. She was then lured into the world of children's trade publishing and became the book editor for Greey de Pencier/Books from OWL.

The birth of her first child convinced Trudee to go freelance and it was during that time that she began to write — educational material and articles for a few trade magazines — and produced the first of more than a dozen non-fiction books.

In 2015, Trudee's first work of fiction, a young adult novel, was published by Orca Books. She lives in her hometown of Barrie, Ontario, with her husband and three children. 

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Raising the Stakes. Orca, 2015 (October)
Squirt! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Blood. Kids Can Press, 2006
Switched On, Flushed Down, Tossed Out: Investigating the Hidden Workings of Your Home. Toronto: Annick Press, 2005.
Wow! The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read About the Five Senses. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004.
Aha! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Intelligence. Kids Can Press, 2004
Achoo!: The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read About Germs. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2003.
Zzz…: The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read About Sleep. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2002.
The Technology Book for Girls and Other Advanced Beings. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2001.
Life in the Early Islamic World: Government and Law. Crabtree, 2013
Life in the Early Islamic World: Science, Medicine and Math. Crabtree, 2012
Splash it! Swimming. Crabtree, 2012
Great Ideas of the Renaissance. Crabtree, 2010
Life in a Commercial City. Crabtree, 2010

Awards

Nominated, Canadian Science Writers’ Association “Science in Society” Award for The Technology Book; Achoo!
Nominated, Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award for Zzz...; Wow!
Shortlisted, Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award for Achoo!
Won Red Cedar Non-Fiction award for Aha! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Intelligence, 2006-2007
Nominated, Hackmatack Non-Fiction Award for Achoo!, Aha!, Squirt!
Nominated, Red Cedar Non-Fiction Award for Zzz..., Achoo!, Aha!
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Presentations are tailored to the needs of the requesting teacher/librarian and can include such topics as:

• Research (fiction and non-fiction)

• Building character(s)

• Secrets of self-editing

Presentation Length:
60 min.
Genre:
Children's middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction
Grades:
3-10
Audience size:
~80
Workshop Description:

Active components of the presentation can include:

• Completing a character sheet

• Developing a story from a handful of words

• Self-editing challenges

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$250
Two sessions:
$350
Four sessions:
$450
One session:
$150
Two sessions:
$250
Four sessions:
$350
GST:
GST applicable