Author, Speaker, & Proud Minnesotan

Meet Margi Preus


Margi enjoys traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world.

Her books for young readers have won multiple awards, including a Newbery Honor, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and translated into many languages. When not writing, she likes to ski, hike, paddle, or sit quietly with a book in her lap.

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“Margi Preus has a remarkable ability to create fascinating, page-turning stories that transport readers to faraway times and places. . . 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

The Latest


Middle Grade Fiction

Historical fiction and mysteries for ages 10 and up.


Heart of a Samurai

“. . . a terrific biographical novel . . . Heart of a Samurai vividly summons for readers 10-16 not only the story of a remarkable man, but also the turbulent era in which he lived.”Wall Street Journal

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The Bamboo Sword

“Preus spins another suspenseful swashbuckler starring a Japanese boy who finds himself caught between cultures.” — Kirkus, Starred Review

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west of the moon

“Like dun silk shot through with gold, Preus interweaves the mesmerizing tale of Astri’s treacherous and harrowing mid-nineteenth century emigration to America with bewitching tales of magic.”Booklist, Starred Review

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Enchantment Lake

“Fans of Nancy Drew and cozy mysteries will find much to appreciate in this story of a modern-day teen sleuth.”School Library Journal

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The Clue in the Trees

“A tight, fast-paced mystery. . . teen readers will enjoy the ties to Greek drama, dragon bones, and the actual heist of maple syrup . . .” — VOYA magazine

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Shadow on the mountain

“This is at once a spy thriller, a coming-of-age story, and a chronicle of escalating bravery. Multidimensional characters fill this gripping tale that keeps readers riveted to the end.”School Library Journal, Starred Review

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Picture Books

Ages 3 to 8 (and up).


storm’s coming!

Did you know that flowers, insects and birds can help predict the weather? Near her lighthouse home, Sophie reads the signs and sounds a warning: “Storm’s Coming!”

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“A joyful and respectful homage to trees that have stood the test of time.” — Publishers Weekly

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Legend of the ladyslipper

The lady slipper grows in the northern woods to mark the courage and strength of a girl who helped her people by listening carefully to the whispering snow, the rumbling ice, and the dancing northern lights.

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Educational & Enlightening

Margi would love to visit your school, speak at your conference, or conduct a writing workshop or residency.

How does a book come to be? What’s it like to be an author? Margi loves to explore these questions and more with large or small groups; classrooms or auditorium assemblies; kids or kids at heart. She can present in person or speak remotely. Learn more >


Thank you for coming to visit us. You really inspired me. It helped to know that I am not the only one that has no clue how their book will turn out.
— Bhaiya - 5th grade