Laura Scandiffio

Laura Scandiffio was born in Germany but grew up in Ottawa. As a child, she loved reading, drawing, and painting. She and her friends put on plays and created make-believe games in which they could pretend to be someone else. All this imagination came out in the stories Laura wrote when she was young. She has been writing ever since.

Today, Laura lives in an old house in Toronto with her husband and their two children. When not being a mom (and, sometimes, while being a mom!) she spends her time reading and writing books. She loves traveling and talking to people—kids and adults—to gather new ideas.

Laura’s first book with Annick Press shows off her impressive research and writing skills. The Martial Arts Book (2003, Reissued 2010) offers young readers an unrivalled overview of the history and philosophy of martial arts. Escapes! (2003) is part of the True Stories from the Edge series and offers ten riveting, true stories of dramatic escapes from around the world and throughout history.

Told through gripping storytelling and historical accounts, Evil Masters: The Frightening World of Tyrants (2005), is a revealing look at history’s most evil rulers, from Nero to Saddam Hussein. 

Her other books with Annick include People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression (2012) which looks at seven individuals who stood up to authority when it was the right thing to do; Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters: Chasing Notorious Criminals (2014) which chronicles 8 of history’s most infamous manhunts, and Escape from Tibet (2014), co-written with Nick Gray, the true story of two brothers who cross the Himalayas to flee from the oppressive regime in their native Tibet.

Her latest book is Fight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to School (Fall 2016). Here, she tells the inspirational stories of people around the world who have overcome enormous obstacles in order to bring education to children.

To aspiring authors, Laura advises: “Read, and think critically about what you read! Ask yourself: why is it good/bad/clever/engaging?”

Annick Press books
by Laura Scandiffio

Annick Press books
with Laura Scandiffio