Maureen Garvie

Maureen Garvie is a young adult author who also teaches writing to young adults. She was born in Kingston, Ontario, and grew up beside the St. Lawrence River, swimming and canoeing around wrecks of ships from the War of 1812. At university she worked at Fort Henry during the summer, where she developed a fascination with history that went beyond soldiers in red coats.

After finishing her education at Western, Queen’s and University of Toronto with Masters, teaching and library degrees, she married and moved to New Zealand. For 12 years she worked on farms and in libraries on the South Island, taught English and drama in Christchurch, and wrote.

Now back in Canada, Maureen lives in Kingston once more. In the golden days before Hollinger and Conrad Black, she worked as a writer and editor for the Kingston Whig-Standard and has reviewed children’s fiction for Quill & Quire for many years. She is now an instructor at Queen’s University’s Writing Centre and an editor for McGill-Queen’s University Press. She has a daughter, Leila, who is an amazing knitter.

Author photo by Leila Garvie


Amy by Any Other Name Amy awakes in the hospital after a horrible accident to find she has also switched identities with another injured girl.
(Key Porter Books, 2009)
Lake Rules (Key Porter Books, Can 2005, also a CNIB DAISY audio disc narrated by Eileen Davis)”It’s the multi-layer texture of the tale that makes it work so well: it’s part archeological adventure story and part mystery but also a moving exploration of family dynamics and the nature of friendship … A satisfying addition to the literature of cottage life, Lake Rules joins the ranks of novels like Julie’s Johnston’s The Only Outcast, Kit Pearson’s A Handful of Time, and Jake MacDonald’s Juliana and the Medicine Fish
– Jeffrey Canton, Quill & Quire “From the very first page the reader is drawn into the intrigue of this well-written novel”
– Association of Book Publishers of BC, “Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools”
George Johnson’s War with Mary Beaty(Groundwood Books/ Douglas & McIntyre, 2002)


Adjust Your Set Television as Communication(Macmillan New Zealand, 1981)

Agent: Marie Campell