Margi Preus

About Me


About Me

Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book, Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and Shadow on the Mountain, a Notable Book for a Global Society. New in 2015 is Enchantment Lake, a northwoods mystery, and The Bamboo Sword, which Bookpage says is “historical fiction at its best.”

“Margi Preus has a remarkable ability to create fascinating, page-turning stories that transport readers to faraway times and places. Whether she’s evoking Norway during World War II or 19th century Japan, Preus combines impeccable research with strong characterization and plot—the very elements that draw readers into history and spark the curiosity to learn more.” Bookpage, Sept. 2015

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School Visits & Workshops

Please accept our sincere thanks for meeting with Ranney's sixth graders today, Mrs. Preus. You are so patient with the kids and they were certainly informed and entertained.
Loren Gormly / Ranney Middle School
Margi! Your talent and creative writing inspired our young authors . . . We would love to have you back again to share your love of writing with our students.
Kris Teberg / Principal of Lakewood Elementary
I very much enjoyed your presentation . . . You did such a nice job working in all aspects of writing, research and reading.
Martha Bisek / Dakota County Heritage Library
Margi was wonderfully engaging during our Skype visit! My 4th grade students were thrilled . . . Margi shared insights into her writing process and discussed the complex process of research when writing historical fiction. I highly recommend a Skype visit with Margi!
Joan Young, 4th Grade Teacher / Menlo Park, CA
Margi is so interesting! Loved hearing about her creative process.
Library Patron
Totally wonderful and inspiring. Margi is an excellent presenter.
Library Patron
Margi was very interesting and fun to listen to. This was a joy!
Library Patron
Your presentation was wonderful . . . we all enjoyed and learned from it . . . especially how you talked about the impact reading can have on your life and how it can inspire new ideas.
Gretchen Rusch, J.W. Smith / Bemidji
Margi is an outstanding presenter and a group of enthusiastic library patrons were totally enthralled with her program. Her presentation was fun, funny, and engaging. Patrons would gladly come again.
Carol Plocher / Delano Public Library