Maureen Fergus - Author

Maureen never planned on becoming an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. As a kid, her favorite subjects in school were science and math; she dreamed of becoming a doctor or an airline pilot. At university, she got degrees in science and business; afterwards, she had jobs in the aerospace, biopharmaceutical and financial services industries. She even taught business at college!

It wasn't until after she'd had her first baby that Maureen even thought about writing. The first time she sat down to give it a try, the most amazing thing happened: as she reached her hands toward the keyboard, it felt as though she were slipping on a pair of gloves that had been waiting for her since forever. She knew in a heartbeat that she was meant to be a writer, and from that moment until this, she has never stopped writing.

Maureen finds writing exhilarating, frustrating, satisfying, exhausting and hard. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. Her novels include Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero, The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega, which won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People award. Her picture books include the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, InvisiBill and The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, which won the Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award. Her books have been nominated for such prestigious national awards as the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, the Canadian Children's Book Centre Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Joan Betty Stuchner --- Oy Vey! --- Funniest Children's Book Award.

Maureen lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband, three kids and Buddy the wonder dog.
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Ortega

2011 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2011 - Diamond Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2011 - McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, Manitoba Writers' Guild, Winner
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2010 - Best Best Fiction, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

The Day Dad Joined My Soccer Team

2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten

2015 - Blue Spruce, Forest of Reading, Winner
2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

The Reptile Club

2018 - The Globe 100: Favourite Books of 2018, The Globe and Mail, Listed