Jill MacLean is the critically acclaimed author of The Nine Lives of Travis Keating and The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy. Jill was honoured with The Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature for the first two books in the Travis Keating/Prinny Murphy series. MacLean also authored a collection of poetry, The Brevity of Red, which was shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Acorn-Plantos Award, and she has published a history of Prince Edward Island, Jean Pierre Roma: of the Company of the East of Isle St. Jean.
MacLean's writing has always drawn on experiences in her life for guidance. Her books are set in Newfoundland, where her son and his family now live. Over the years, she’s canoed, kayaked, hiked, and snowmobiled there, travelled the coves by boat, and stayed in the outports. Little did Jill realize at the time that these experiences could all be called “research,” or that her love of the province would translate into words. Jill was born in England and now lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
Her children's books are: The Nine Lives of Travis Keating (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008), The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2009), Home Truths (Dancing Cat Books, 2010), Nix Minus One (Pajama Press, 2013), and The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013). She has also written numerous romance novels under pseudonyms.
Selected Award History:
The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden
Nominee for the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards 2015
Nominee for the Rocky Mountain Book Award 2015
Nominee for the The Hackmatack Children's Choice Award 2015
Nix Minus One
Winner of Ann Conner Brimer Award for Children’s Literature 2014
The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
Selected for International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour List, 2012
Honour Book for the Silver Birch Children’s Choice Book Award, 2010
Winner of Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature, 2009
The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy
Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award 2012
USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List 2011
Winner of Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature, 2010
Nominated for the Red Maple Award 2012
Shortlisted for the Snow Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award, 2012
The Brevity of Red (poetry)
Shortlisted for The Atlantic Poetry Prize, 2004
Shortlisted for The Acorn-Plantos Award, 2004
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