About Andrea

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

I’m working on a series of narrative nonfiction picture books about sustainability and urban systems for Groundwood Books. The first in the ThinkCities series comes out in April 2020. It’s called A Forest in the City. 

Big Water (Orca Book Publisher) is my first novel for young adults. 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.

With star reviews in both Kirkus and School Library Journal, my most recent nonfiction for middle graders is Eat this! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back) . 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.