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Elizabeth MacLeod

Liz is one nosy author, which is why she loves writing non-fiction. She’s very curious about why people do what they do, and likes sharing with kids the amazing facts and secrets that she uncovers.As a kid in Thornhill, Ontario, the idea of being a writer never crossed Liz’s mind—she figured most authors were already dead and they definitely weren’t Canadian. Besides, it was science that interested Liz.But writing was already part of Liz’s life. After dinner on school nights, Liz and her two brothers would trudge up to their rooms, close their doors and start to do their homework—or so their parents thought. A few minutes later, a piece of paper would come sliding under Liz’s door. One of her brothers had drawn a picture, usually of some weird creature.Liz really couldn’t draw (still can’t!), so the only way she could respond was to write a short story, often about a mad scientist or space alien. She would slip the story under her brother’s door and—well, not a lot of homework got done.At university, Liz studied sciences—there was hardly any writing involved at all. But after university, she was hired as an editor at OWL magazine, where she could combine writing and her love of science. But it wasn’t long before Liz had a goal: to write a book. Her first one was about lions and since then she’s written more than fifty others.Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns (2008) is one of her favourite books because royalty has always fascinated Liz. She loved going behind the scenes with monarchs from Cleopatra to Dracula to find out just what they would do to hold onto power or protect their families.Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries (2013) was the winner of numerous awards, including the Crime Writers of Canada 2014 Arthur Ellis Award in the Juvenile/YA category. Liz’s latest book with Annick Press, Galloping Through History: Incredible True Horse Stories (Spring 2015), combines, once again, her outstanding storytelling skills with her passion for history. This time her love of animals also shines through as she recounts the stories of six horses that changed the way humans live, travel, fight, work, and play.Liz lives in Toronto with her husband, Paul, and their cat Cosimo. While she writes, he is usually sprawled across her desk—often right on the book she needs for research!

Books by Elizabeth MacLeod

Meet Mary Ann Shadd (Scholastic Canada Biography)

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Biographie en images : Voici Mary Ann Shadd

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Biographie en images : Voici David Suzuki

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Meet David Suzuki (Scholastic Canada Biography)

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Canada Year by Year - Revised Edition

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Sydney Smith

How to Become an Accidental Activist

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod & Frieda Wishinsky
illustrated by Jenn Playford

Meet Thérèse Casgrain (Scholastic Canada Biography)

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Biographie en images : Voici Thérèse Casgrain

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Terry Fox 6-Copy Counter Display

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Meet Terry Fox (Scholastic Canada Biography)

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Biographie en images : Voici Terry Fox

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Canadian Women Now and Then

More than 100 Stories of Fearless Trailblazers

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Maïa Faddoul

Meet Willie O'Ree (Scholastic Canada Biography)

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Biographie en images : Voici Willie O'Ree

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Biographie en images : Voici Elsie MacGill

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Meet Elsie MacGill (Scholastic Canada Biography)

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

How to Become an Accidental Genius

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky & Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Jenn Playford

Biographie en images : Voici Tom Longboat

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Meet Tom Longboat (Scholastic Canada Biography)

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Biographie en images : Voici Viola Desmond

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Meet Viola Desmond (Scholastic Canada Biography)

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Biographie en images : Voici Chris Hadfield

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Meet Chris Hadfield (Scholastic Canada Biography)

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Viola Desmond

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas

Super Cats

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Top Dogs

True Stories of Canines that Made History

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Canada Year by Year

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Sydney Smith

Vanished

True Tales of Mysterious Disappearances

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Canada en vedette

100 faits surprenants

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky & Elizabeth MacLeod

Galloping Through History

Amazing True Horse Stories

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Colossal Canada

100 Epic Facts and Feats

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod & Frieda Wishinsky

Bunny the Brave War Horse

Based on a True Story

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Marie Lafrance

Secrets Underground

North America's Buried Past

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

History of Just About Everything, A

180 Events, People and Inventions That Changed the World

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod & Frieda Wishinsky
illustrated by Qin Leng

Le Canada vu de près : Gouvernements du Canada

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Canada Close Up: Canadian Government

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Bones Never Lie

How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Le Canada vu de près : Arbres de chez nous

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Canada Close Up: Canada's Trees

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Le Canada vu de près : La monnaie canadienne

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Canada Close Up: Canadian Money

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Monster Fliers

From the Time of the Dinosaurs

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by John Bindon

Why Do Horses Have Manes?

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Pourquoi les chevaux ont-ils une crinière?

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Marie Curie

illustrated by John Mantha
by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Royal Murder

The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Samuel de Champlain

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by John Mantha

Thomas Edison

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by John Mantha & Andrej Krystoforski

Pourquoi les chats ont-ils des moustaches?

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Mark Twain

An American Star

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Les frères Wright

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski

Kids Book of Great Canadians, The

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by John Mantha

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Weird Stuff You Didn't Know About Food

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky & Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Travis King

Kids Book of Canada at War, The

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by John Mantha

Alexander Graham Bell

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski

George Washington Carver

An Innovative Life

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Eleanor Roosevelt

An Inspiring Life

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Kids Book of Great Canadian Women, The

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by John Mantha

Chock Full of Chocolate

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by June Bradford

Harry Houdini

A Magical Life

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Biscuits farfelus

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by June Bradford

Bake and Make Amazing Cookies

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by June Bradford

Helen Keller

A Determined Life

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

To the Top of Everest

by (author) Laurie Skreslet & Elizabeth MacLeod

Albert Einstein

A Life of Genius

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

What Did Dinosaurs Eat?

And Other Things You Want to Know About Dinosaurs

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Gordon Sauve

Que mangeaient les dinosaures?

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Gordon Sauve

Wright Brothers, The

A Flying Start

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Gifts to Make and Eat

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by June Bradford

Bake and Make Amazing Cakes

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by June Bradford

Lucy Maud Montgomery

A Writer’s Life

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Delices A Offrir & A Croquer

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by June Bradford

Jardin sans fin

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Caroline Price

Grow It Again

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Caroline Price

I Heard a Little Baa

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Louise Phillips

Bake It and Build It

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Tracy Walker

Get Started: Stamp Collecting for Canadian Kids

Stamp Collecting for Canadian Kids

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Bill Slavin & Esperança Melo

Phone Book, The

Instant Communication From Smoke Signals to Satellites and Beyond …

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Bill Slavin

Dinosaurs

The Fastest, the Fiercest, the Most Amazing

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Gordon Sauve