About Andrea

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I write for both young people and adults.

What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World
was my first book aimed at children. It is published in Canada, the U.S., Brazil and South Korea. I followed it up with Eat this! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back), coming out very soon.

My upcoming young adult novel is called Big Water (Orca Book Publisher). It’s fiction based on the true story of the wreck of the S.S. Asia, a passenger steamer on Georgian Bay that sank in a fall storm in 1882. The only survivors were a pair of teenagers, one a boy, the other a girl.

Before I started writing books, I wrote and edited for magazines and newspapers like Toronto Life, Cottage Life, Chatelaine, Canadian Geographic, Explore and Today’s Parent, among other publications.

I have an older brother and spent my childhood in Barrie, Ontario, where I played lots of sports, read lots of books and wrote many stories. I attended McGill University and studied history there. I live with my husband and our two boys in an old house in the west end where I write, grow vegetables and play a lot of catch.