Virginia Frances Schwartz


Growing up in rural Southern Ontario, reading fed Virginia’s world and by the time she went to school, she knew she wanted to be a writer. In Virginia’s teaching career in the United States, she trained at Columbia University as a teacher in The Writing Process and at this time published her first book. Her passion has always been historical fiction for young adults. Her latest novel, THE VIRGIN CHARGE, will publish with Holiday House in 2018. Inspired by the true story of celebrated author Charles Dickens’s home for “fallen girls,” this atmospheric mystery depicts the sights and smells of a beguiling 19th century London, entwined with a novel of a girl finding her voice, and piece by piece discovering the grave wrong inflicted in her past.

Fiction

Nutz(Tradewind Books, Canada)
Illustrated by Christina Leist
Nominated, Red Cedar Award, 2012
Crossing to Freedom(Scholastic Canada)
2011 IODE Violet Downey Book Award
Children’s Choice Starred Selection
French Canadian Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011-2012 List
Nominated, Silver Birch Award 2011-2012
Nominated, Surrey Schools’ Book of the Year, 2011-2012
4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year(Holiday House US, Scholastic Canada)
Initiation (Fitzhenry and Whiteside Canada)
Finalist, Stellar Book Award for Teens, 2006
Finalist, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2006
Finalist, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, 2005
Finalist, Willow Award, 2005
Notable Book, Kuriyama International Prize, 2004
Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award Finalist, 2004
Sunburst Award for Speculative Fiction Finalist, 2004
White Raven Selection, International Youth Library in Munich, 2003
Messenger(Holiday House US, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Canada)
Books for the Teen Age, 2002, NYC Public Library
If I Just Had Two Wings(Fitzhenry and Whiteside Canada)
Books for the Teen Age, 2004, NYC Public Library
British Columbia Red Cedar, 2004
Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice, 2003
Finalist, Rocky Mountain Book Award Finalist, 2003
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, 2002
Ontario Silver Birch Fiction, 2002
Finalist, Our Choice YA Canadian Book Award, 2002, Canadian Children Book Centre
Send One Angel Down(Holiday House US, Fitzhenry & Whiteside Canada)Mustang Book Award, 2002
Notable Book for a Global Society, 2001
American Library Association Best Book for YA, 2001
Top Shelf Fiction for Middle Readers, 2001, Voice of Young Adults
Books for the Teenage, NYC Public Library, 2001
Children’s Literature Choice List, 2001
Parents Choice Gold Award for Fiction, 2000
Featured in exhibition of Award-Winning Children’s Books Exhibit (1997-2002),
at 2003 Book Expo America, sponsored by The Children’s Book Council
Shortlist, Garden State Teen Awards, 2003
Shortlist, Georgia Children’s Literature Awards, 2003
Shortlist, Charlotte Award of NY State, 2002
Shortlist, Iowa Teen Award, 2002
Shortlist, South Carolina YA Book Award, 2002
Shortlist, Maine Student Book Award, 2002
Shortlist, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, 2002

Agent: Fiona Kenshole