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Helen Mason

Imagine the AHA! moment when you understand how the Pythagorean relationship can help you build a square door. It is easier to learn difficult concepts when you see how you can use the skill in your own life.

After teaching many students with emotional and learning difficulties, Helen worked as an editor and project manager for the Canadian textbook industry for almost 30 years.

Now semi-retired, she spends her time writing. She has written 34 nonfiction books, most of them for children. Her works still in print include:

  • Weird Nature (Mystery Files), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2013
  • Life on the Homefront During the American Revolution (Understanding the American Revolution), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2013
  • Length Word Problems (My Path to Math, Level 2), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2013
  • Word Problems: Mass and Volume (My Path to Math, Level 3), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2013
  • Agricultural Inventions: At the Top of the Field (Inventions that Shaped the Modern World), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2013
  • Is it hard or soft? (What’s the Matter?), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2014
  • Is it natural or human-made? (What’s the Matter?), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2014
  • Chef (Creative Careers) Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014
  • Costume Designer (Creative Careers) Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014
  • Interior Designer (Creative Careers) Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014
  • Landscape Designer (Creative Careers) Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014
  • Makeup Artist (Creative Careers) Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014
  • Urban Planner (Creative Careers) Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014
  • What Is Digital Entrepreneurship? (Your Start-up Starts Now!), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2017
  • Be an Active Citizen in Your Community (Citizenship in Action), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2017
  • Be an Active Citizen at Your School (Citizenship in Action), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2017
  • A Refugee’s Journey from Syria (Leaving My Homeland), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2017
  • A Refugee’s Journey from Afghanistan (Leaving My Homeland), Crabtree Publishing Company, 2017

Helen is currently taking a course through the Humber College School of Creative Writing. She has sold hundreds of general interest articles to magazines in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines, and is currently working on a teen novel.

Helen offers workshops that show the process of publication in From Idea to Finished Book. She also speaks about the many changes in the publishing industry. The first time she used cut and paste to edit a manuscript, for example, she worked with scissors and an actual bottle of paste.

Helen was awarded the Gregory Clark Outdoor Writing Award for an article she wrote for Conservator and the Pete McGillen Award for her contributions to the Outdoor Writers of Canada.

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