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I acknowledge that the work I do is hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat. I also recognise the enduring presence, resilience and resurgence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

Mary Jennifer Payne
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Mary Jennifer Payne is the author of the YA novels Since You’ve Been Gone, Enough, and the Daughters of Light series - Finding Jade, Solomon’s Ring, and Darkness Rising. Her writing has been published in journals, anthologies, and magazines in Canada and abroad.

 Mary Jennifer’s graphic novels for young adults - Most Valuable Player, Friends or Enemies, Lion of Africa, and Dog Disaster - are a part of the Boldprint Graphic series (OUP), which was awarded the 2010 Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors’ Association and the 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for Children’s Books.

 She currently resides in Toronto with her three rescue cats, where she is a Special Education teacher in the Regent Park community. In her spare time, Mary Jennifer can often be found learning to surf on the beaches of Southern California or spending time with friends in London, UK