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The Twelve Dancing Princesses
The Root Cellar
Shadow in Hawthorn Bay
Amos's Sweater
The Story of Canada
The Hollow Tree
Maud's House of Dreams
A Rebel's Daughter


The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Toronto Branch IODE Children’s Book Award for 1979; chosen as one of the ten best children’s books for 1979 by the Canadian Library Association.

The Root Cellar
Canadian Library Association children’s book of the year, 1982
Runner up for the Canada Council children’s book award (now the Governor General’s award)
Runner up for the Ruth Schwartz (Canadian Booksellers) children’s book of the year, 1981
One of 58 notable books for children chosen by the American Library Association Booklist’s Reviewers’ choice
American National Council of Teachers of English, teacher’s choice for 1983 (one of 24 titles)
Honour list, International Board of Books for Young People, 1984
Winner, in the Junior High Category, of the California Young Reader Medal, 1988
1994 illustrated edition chosen that year as the gift book for the Friends of Osborne, a first for a book by a living Canadian writer

Shadow in Hawthorn Bay
Honour list, International Board on Books for Young People, 1986
Canada Council Award (now the Governor General’s) for Children’s Literature for Text
Canadian Library Association Children’s Book Award
Saskatchewan Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Award
National chapter of IODE Children’s Book of the Year
Chosen as one of 40 books of the year by the International Children’s Library in Munich, Germany, 1986

Amos’s Sweater
1989 Canadian Booksellers’ Association Ruth Schwartz Award for best children’s book of the year

The Story of Canada
Christie Brown’s Mr. Christie Book Award, 1993
Toronto Branch IODE, Children’s Book Award, 1993
The Children’s Literature Round Tables of Canada, Information Book Award, 1993.

The Hollow Tree
Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for Text 1998.
Short listed: Manitoba Young Reader’s Award, 2000
Short listed: B.C. Red Cedar Award, 2000

short-listed for the 200-2001 William Allen White Children’s Book Award (Kansas: Emporia State U.)

Maud’s House of Dreams
Canadian Authors’ Association award for Biography, 2003
short listed for The City of Ottawa Non-fiction award, 2004

A Rebel's Daughter
The City of Ottawa Fiction Award, 2007


Canadian Authors’ Association Vicki Metcalf Award for a body of work for children, 1981


Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Queen’s University, May 1992
Honorary Diploma, Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology, June 1993
Order of Ontario, 1996 (O. Ont)
Member, Order of Canada, 1997 (CM)
Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life, 2005


Marquis Who’s Who, update 2001
Canadian Who’s Who, updated 2000
Contemporary Authors, Gale Research, Detroit, updated, 2000
Who’s Who in Ontario, updated 1998
The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, 6th ed., 1996
Who’s Who in America, 50th ed., 1996
International Authors and Writers Who’s Who, 14th ed., International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England, 1995
Who’s Who in the Writers’ Union of Canada, 1993
Who’s Who in Canadian Literature, Reference Press, Teeswater, ON, 1992
International Who’s Who for Women, Europa Publications, London, 1992
Meet the Author, Mead Educational Ltd., Toronto, 1987
Foremost Women in the 20th Century, 1985
Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, R. Reginald , Gale Research Book Tower, vol 4
Something About the Author, Anne Commire , Gale Research Book Tower, vol.4
The Republic of Childhood, Egoff, Saltman, 19
Michele Landsberg’s Guide to Children’s Books, 19
Canadian Children’s Literature, "The Magic of Another Day", Jean Little, 19
Reader’s Guide to the Canadian Novel, Moss, 19
Supplement to the Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature, Oxford U. Press, Toronto,1973
Who’s Who in American Women, Chicago, 19
The Horn Book Magazine, vol. XLV (December,1969)

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