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Meet Ellen

Yes, it's me, dancing.

Merri shows a recipe from The Case of the Missing Deed.

I was born in Washington, DC, but moved as a baby to New Jersey, where I grew up.


Do you love to read? Me, too. As a child I always had my nose in a book. I read EVERYTHING: Dr. Seuss, Nancy Drew, comic books, Charles Dickens. My two all-time favourite books were The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth.


My favourite thing to do, though, was dancing. Here I am at about eight years old. Do you think I’m graceful enough to become a professional dancer? Neither do I!


In 1972, I moved with my husband, Bill, to Canada. We went “back to the land” and built our own cabin. We grew huge gardens and raised honeybees and chickens.


Now Bill and I live in Burnaby, British Columbia.  We have two grown daughters. Merri is a pastry chef (yum!) and Amy is a filmmaker and copy editor.


Before I became a writer, I was a school teacher. I taught children with learning disabilities and also primary grades. But something made me want to write, and I published my first book, Dusty, in 1983.


Since then, I’ve published 16 more books for kids, one for adults and dozens of magazine articles.


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Amy plans a film shoot.

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