About Andrea

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I write for both young people and adults. I also teach creative writing.

My first young adult novel is called Big Water (Orca Book Publisher). It’s inspired by 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.

Eat this! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back) is my critically acclaimed new nonfiction book for kids. It follows up What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World, which was published in Canada and the U.S. by Red Deer Press as well as in Brazil and South Korea.

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. I live with my family in an old house in the west end of Toronto where I write, grow vegetables and dream of being in the mountains.