About MeI am the author of seven best-selling books for children, including novels and biographies for middle grade readers, and picture books for younger children. I + read more enjoy speaking about my books to students from grades one to seven, and I also teach writing classes to older students. Show Less

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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction

Published WorksA Boy From Acadie: the Journey of Roméo LeBlanc to Rideau Hall, Bouton d'or Acadie, 2018
Miles to Go, Heritage House, 2018
Wishing Star Summer, Raincoast Books 2001
Charlie: a Child’s Life in Canada, Key Porter Books, 2009, Ronsdale Press, 2011,
Follow the Elephant, Ronsdale Press, 2010
Would Someone Please Answer the Parrot!, Peanut Butter Press, 2014.

Speaking InformationI speak to groups of up to fifty students in a lively presentation that includes visual aids, with time for student questions and discussion.

    I will visit:
  • Vancouver
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8

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TestimonialsBeryl gave a terrifc presentation about her book Follow the Elephant to our grade four class. The + read more students were enthralled as she told the story of 13 year old Ben who goes with with grandmother on an adventure quest to India. We learned about India, about elephants. about Hinduism and about inter-generational relationships. Beryl's manner with students is fun and relaxed.
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Our grade seven class learned about Home Children from Beryl Young's presentation of her book + read more Charlie: a Home Child's Life in Canada. She tells the story of how she uncovered her father's dramatic story about coming to Canada at the age of 13, and she encourages students to learn their parents and grandparents' stories. Our class did a biography project based on her presentation.
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Awards and Recognition:
My books have been nominated for awards across Canada.

Follow the Elephant won the + show more 2010 Silver Moonbeam Award (US) and the Chocolate Lily Award for the best B.C. novel of 2012'

Would Someone Please Answer the Parrot won the Rainforest of Reading Award in 2015. For more details please see my website at

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