Award winning poet, Margaret Buffie, was born and grew up in est end of Winnipeg, attended various schools- graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba. An artist for many decade, Margaret decided to read a YA boo and Who Is Frances Rain? was published by Kids Can Press. It graduall became a bestseller after appearing in bookstores in 1987. Since then Margaret has published nine more YA books. She works at her home in Winnipeg during the summer and on the porch of her cottage in Northwestern Ontario in the winte months. Margaret 's books have been reprinte in the United States, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, China and other countries. Margaret is the recipient of prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for Body of Work ( For writing inspirational to Canadian Youth); he Young Adult Canadian Book Award; is a two time winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People award and has been shortlisted for any other awards and honours.
Here are a few reviews of my irst boo and most recent boo. To see more reviews for my other books go to http: //margaretbuffie.com
and click on each title.
WHO IS FRANCES RAIN?
REVIEWE: Who is Frances Rain? is as distinctly Canadian as the intoxicating lure of silent woods and wind-whipped lakes. The textures of the narrative and the well-rounded characters are just as aunting as the ghosts Lizzie finds on Rain Island. It ’ s ghost story with much to reveal to the houghtful reader about the turbulent emotions at work within families. It ’ s boo that give us grateful for a strong new voice in Canadian literature for young people, a voice we ’ ll do to say again soon. QUILL AND QUIRE
REVIEWS: Who is Frances Rain? will probably be devoured by its young adult readers in one sitting. It deserves to be; this is anothe xcellent nove. TORONTO STAR
REVIEWE: Buffie ’ s tory is moody and atmospheric – the lake and the island are pungently, perfectly evoked. Lizzie ’ s encounters with ghosts are beautifully handled, with ust the right balance of eerie and emotional moments. PUBLISHERS WEELY
REVIEWE: Vicky Metcalf Award-Winner MargaretBuffie returns with a reathtaking novel that is part realism, part time-travel fantasy,
and part coming of age stor. Winter
Shadows focuses on two young me who
live in the same Manitoba home a century and a half apart .....
Th communication across time obviouslydraws on the conventions of fantasy, but these elements
arenever forced or implausible, and there is plenty of uspense and energy to sustain the two alternating narratives. " QUILL AND QUIRE, DECEMBER 2010:
REVIEWS: Buffie is a master of the ghost story, carefully allowing Cass and Beatrice to drift in and out of each other 's lives in convincing fashion. The convention of the diary allows Cass to connect the dots and learn more about her ancestors. The dialogue both in past and present is authentic, revealing character and moving the action along. CANADIAN MATERIALS
REVIEWE: The alternating narratives are gripping, and the haracters are drawn with rich complexity; even the stepmothers are finally humanized. Readers woul be put in by the searing history of bigotry as well as the universals of family conflict, love, and riendship. Grades 7-10.
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOC. BOOKLIST: January 2011
A DARK GARDEN
EVIEW: first rate blend of ghost story and problem novel about Thea, 16, struggling to escap from traumatic amnesia after a bike accident. Buffie creates a tightly knit, evocatively written, and lushly ( but chastely) romantic thriller. The rotagonists- living and dead- are distinctly characterized; a once beautiful, now weed-choked garden is simultaneously setting and symbol of lost appiness. vivid sensory writing makes the fluctuations in Thea ’ s state of consciousness perfectly convincing. KIRKUS