Martine Leavitt

National Book Award finalist Martine Leavitt has won many awards and honors in the United States and Canada for her young-adult novels. She earned her MFA in writing for children from Vermont College. She is currently on the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has taught at the BYU Writing for Young Readers Conference. She has published seven novels for young adults, including the following: Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie Award 2003; Heck Superhero, finalist for the Governor General’s Award of Canada 2004; and Keturah and Lord Death, finalist for the National Book Award 2006. Keturah and Lord Death was also praised by Publishers Weekly as one of the “100 Best Books of the Year, Children’s fiction” and deemed “a darkly gorgeous medieval fairy tale…A fine achievement.”


Martine recently published My Book of Life by Angel, a young adult novel in verse about a16-year-old prostitute, her refuge in writing, and the one person she has left to live for. Angel was published by Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the US, by Groundwood in Canada, and Boje in Germany. The book received five starred reviews and is a finalist for the LA Times Book Award.

She is currently at work on Tuk: Mountain Sheep, a middle-grade novel about a heroic herd of Rocky Mountain Sheep.