Linda Granfield grew up in Melrose, Massachussetts with her seven younger siblings. In high school, she wrote for the school paper, and worked at the local public library.
After high school, Granfield obtained a degree in English, with minors in Education and French. She then immigrated to Canada to attend the University of Toronto, pursuing Victorian Studies.
Granfield returned to Melrose to work in the public library as the assistant children’s librarian. Later, she worked in a bookstore in Ontario, and reviewed books for Quill & Quire.
Inspired by her lifelong interest in history, Granfield began writing non-fiction books. She calls her books “family books” because of their popularity with adults. When told that her books Flanders and Amazing Grace were gruesome, Granfield replied, “if it really happened, and it was gruesome, then I’m going to tell you.”
In 2001, Granfield won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature. She lives in Toronto with her husband, and has a daughter and a son, who are both in university.
Bio by Niki B.
High Flight: A Story of World War II, Tundra Books, 1999
Amazing Grace: The Story of the Hymn, Tundra Books, 1997
In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1995
- Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001
- Canada Votes, Kids Can Press, 2001 ed.
- Pier 21: Gateway of Hope, Tundra Books, 2000
For for older readers:
- Brass Buttons and Silver Horseshoes: Stories from Canada's British War Bride, McClelland & Stewart, 2002
- 97 Orchard Street, New York: Stories of immigrant life, Tundra Books, 2001