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Liam O'Donnell

writing for young minds

About Liam

Liam was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

He left the movie industry in 1999 when his first book, System Shock, was published by A & C Black in London, UK and has been writing ever since.

He has also developed educational radio plays for the BBC, written articles for adults and children for numerous national magazines, adapted TV scripts for Kids Can Press, and created original comics for A&C Black Publishers, Owl Magazine, Scholastic Canada, Stone Arch Books and Capstone Press.

In addition to writing for young readers, Liam is an elementary teacher, currently helping kids find knowledge (and lost books) in Toronto.

He is also an  External Collaborator at Ryerson University’s EDGE Lab where he is exploring the use of online video games as digital learning spaces for children. He is a founding member of GamingEdus, a group of educators using video games, like Minecraft, to engage learners. Currently, Liam’s students are blowing up stuff on the Multi-School Minecraft Server,  a single virtual world shared by four inner-city schools and created with his GamingEdu pals. He writes about his use of technology in education on his blog Feeding Change.

Before all that though, Liam delivered hot food in restaurants, cold tea on movie sets, slimy fish in Dublin, bottled water in Vancouver, and bad jokes in theme parks as a professional juggler.

Liam lives in Toronto, Ontario with Melanie McBride wired writer, educator, rock star academic, wife and best friend.

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  • My Books

  • Geeked Out Mysteries

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  • Reluctant Reader E-books

  • Tech Tales

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  • Graphic Novels

  • Graphic Guide Adventures

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    Max Finder Mystery

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    With Craig Battle

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