“… a story told with equal measures of compassion and detachment that allows the reader to be both shocked and locked in. It’s good, really good. Highly recommended.
— CM Magazine, Bite of the Mango

Book Awards

A Cave in the Clouds: a young woman’s escape from ISIS (due out, May 2019)

2017 Ontario Arts Council

Every Falling Star

2019 Ontario Library Association, Red Maple Nominee

2018 Sakura Medal, nominee (TBA, April 2018)

2018 Magnolia Award, nominee

2017 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

2017 Notable Books for a Global Society

2016 Cyblis Award Winner

2016 Freeman Award, Young Adult Literature

2016 Ontario Library Association, Best Bets Top Ten List

2016 Parent’s Choice Silver Award winner

2016 A Junior Library Guild Selection

2016 An Indies Introduce Selection of the American Booksellers Association. 

Bite of the Mango

2014  YALSA’s list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.

2012 CBC Radio, Young Canada Reads

2011 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. Switzerland

2010 Finalist, SYRCA’s 2010 Snow Willow Award

2009 Norma Fleck Award, Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association

2009 Canada Arts Council

2008 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)  Gold Award Winner

2009 Silver Award Winner, ForeWord Magazine, Book of the Year, YA Non-Fiction

2009 The Canadian Children¹s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens

2009 Winner, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Young Adult Non-Fiction

2009 Selected as one of The White Ravens outstanding new international books of the year, Munich, Germany

2009 Silver Award Winner, Nautilus Book Awards

2009 Young Adult Non-Fiction List, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

2009 Short-listed for the American Library Association non-fiction, young adult book of the year

2009 Children’s and Young Adults, Notable Books, International Reading Association


Journalism Awards

2011 Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, Media Fellowship

2009 National Magazine Awards, finalist for Cut Both Ways

Canadian Association of Journalists, finalist in magazine investigative reporting for Cut Both Ways

2008 Amnesty International Media Award for Cut Both Ways

2007 Canadian Association of Journalists, finalist in magazine investigative reporting for Unusual Suspects, a story about two Thunder Bay women accused of murder in Mexico

2006 Canadian Association of Journalists, finalist magazine investigative reporting for Nanny Abuse, a story about the Philippine’s labour export policies and the Canadian Live-In Caregiver Program

2005 Amnesty International Media Award for Canada for Nanny Abuse

2004 Canadian Association of Journalists, finalist in magazine investigative reporting, for Sad Little Girls, a story about the child sex trade in Cambodia

2003 APEX award (United States) for feature writing for a story about a little boy and his family who fought and won against cancer

2002 National Magazine Awards, honorable mention in investigative reporting, for Animal Wrongs, a story examining the exotic wildlife pet trade in North America

1998 Society of Professional Journalists (United States), investigative reporting award, for a story on female Canadian drug smugglers