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Barbara Greenwood



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Barbara Greenwood was born, grew up and has always lived in Toronto. Her interest in the history of her home town led to the writing of her first published novel, A Question of Loyalty, which is set during the Rebellion of 1837. This title is used in many Grade 7 and 8 classrooms.

She now has 15 published titles including A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840, which won the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Children’s Literature Roundtables’ Information Book Award.

The Last Safe House: A Tale of the Underground Railroad won the Roundtables’ Information Book Award and has appeared on many “Best of…” lists including the Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Books of the Year List. Her other titles have been shortlisted for various Readers’ Choice Awards.

Among her other books are Gold Rush Fever: A Story of the Yukon, The Kids Book of Canada, and several sequels to a Pioneer Story. Her most recent book is Factory Girl: A Story of Child Labour in 1912.

In her many school and library visits Barbara has used her storytelling skills to bring Canadian history alive for today’s students.

Barbara is also an experienced editor and teacher of creative writing. She taught Writing for the Children’s Market at Ryerson University for twenty years as well as a Master Level course for five years. She has conducted Writing Workshops at Arts Centres across the country, is an experienced conference speaker and book reviewer.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Barbara completed a B.A. at the University of Toronto, taught elementary school and raised four children.

For a complete list of her publications see her website at

A Pioneer Christmas: Celebrating In the Backwoods in 1841
Kids Can Press, 2003

A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations, 1841
Kids Can Press, 1999

A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840
Houghton-Mifflin, 1995

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840
Kids Can Press, 1994

A Question of Loyalty

Spy in the Shadows
Kids Can Press

The Last Safe House: A Story of the Underground Railroad
Kids Can Press

Gold Rush Fever: A Story of the Klondike Goldrush
Kids Can Press


Pioneer Crafts
Kids Can Press, 1997

The Kids Book of Canada: Exploring the Land and its People
Kids Can Press, 1997

Speak Up! Speak Out! A Kid's Guide to Public Speaking
Pembroke Publishers, 1994
Bob Greenwood

Jeanne Sauve (Canadian Lives)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1989


Factory Girl
Kids Can Press, 2007

Gold Rush Fever: A Story of the Klondike, 1898
Kids Can Press, 2001

Spy In the Shadows
Kids Can Press, 1990

A Question of Loyalty
Scholastic Canada, 1984


The Other Side of the Story
Scholastic, 1990
Pat Hancock


Challenge of the Klondike: Rachel Hanna - Frontier Nurse
Grolier Ltd., 1990

Her Special Vision: A Biography of Jean Little
Irwin Publishing, 1987
Audrey McKim


Behind The Story: The People Who Create Our Best Children's Books and How They Do It
Pembroke Publishers, 1995
various authors
1995 - The Mr. Christie Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award for A Pioneer Story, The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840 (Kids Can Press.

1996 - The Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book Award for A Pioneer Story, The Daily Life of A Canadian Family.

1999 - the Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book Award for The Last Safe House, A Story of the Underground Railroad (Kids Can Press)
Other Memberships
The Writers' Union of Canada
The Canadian Children's Book Centre
Friends of the Osborne and Lillian Smith Collections (Toronto Public Library)
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Canada
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