Pajama Press, 2013

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Honours & Awards


  • Shortlist, National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2013
  • Quill & Quire starred review
  • Best Books for Kids and Teens selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Woozles Battle of the Books selection (Halifax)
  • Canadian Family magazine Great Summer Reads profile (for ages 13 to 16)


“In every way, this novel is a triumph. MacLeod deftly weaves the modern Jane’s contemporary story with the true-life tale of Lady Jane Grey. Both storylines are fully developed and vividly rendered, with the time-travel element simply and elegantly incorporated into the fabric of Jane’s present-day life.”

CM Magazine

“In her debut novel, Sue MacLeod successfully accomplishes a feat many more experienced writers struggle with: weaving an historical narrative smoothly into a contemporary storyline … It sounds like a lot of ground to cover in one slim volume, and it is, but with sensitivity and some well-placed humour, MacLeod pulls it off.”

Quill & Quire starred review

“Both characters are wonderfully fleshed out … MacLeod’s evocative prose makes friendship across time seem possible.”

—School Library Journal

“Without a misstep, Namesake proceeds from a tantalizing prologue to the satisfying conclusion. Perfectly constructed, this book is a gem.”

—Canadian Children’s Book News

“Suspenseful, emotional and powerful.”

Kirkus Review