Megan Frazer Blakemore is an author for children and young adults. Her middle grade novels include The Friendship Riddle (Bloomsbury, 2015), The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill (Bloomsbury, 2014), and The Water Castle (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013), the latter of which was named Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2013, a Bank Street College Best Book 2014, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and has been included on numerous state lists. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill received the Maine Literary Award in 2015 in the Young People’s Literature category. Her books for young adults are Secrets of Truth & Beauty (Disney-Hyperion, 2009) and Very in Pieces (HarperTeen, 2015), which has been named a Junior Library Guild selection. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties.
A school librarian, Megan has a B.A. from Columbia University, and an MLS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Megan has over ten years experience as a librarian, including two as a children’s librarian and nine as a school librarian. Her Masters in Library Science was earned from Simmons GSLIS. As a librarian, she focuses on raising reading achievement and giving voice to students through such programming as Coffee Houses, a Film Festival, maker spaces, and various reading programs. She has written for Knowledge Quest and Library Media Connection. She has taught writing to students in elementary through graduate school.
Megan is currently pursuing her doctorate in Library Science at the Simmons SLIS. Her coursework has focused on youth services and materials. Her research interests are children’s reading choices, maker education in the school library, connecting making and literacy, and the role of choice in student engagment.
Megan lives in Maine with her husband and two children as well as a cat and (sometimes) a hive of bees.
- “Peeking Into The Water Castle“ Kirkus interview with Vicky Smith (January 10, 2013)
- “Book Q & A: Quest for Life” Portland Press Herald Interview with Ray Routhier (Feburary 24, 2013)