Philip Roy

BIOGRAPHY

Philip Roy was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He studied music and history before choosing a career in writing. Philip’s love for the ocean, enjoyment of travelling, and fascination for submarines has led to the creation of the Submarine Outlaw series (SOS). These are tales of high adventure on the seas and waterways of the world, but also involve mythology, geography, ecology, invention and an embracing love of people, places, animals and things. The Submarine Outlaw series follows the adventures of a young submariner, Alfred Pynsent, and his quirky crew of a dog and a seagull, as they journey around the world. The series includes the following seven books: Submarine Outlaw, Journey to Atlantis, River Odyssey, Ghosts of the Pacific, Outlaw in India Seas of South Africa  and Eco Warrior (Ronsdale Press). Philip’s eighth novel in the Submarine Outlaw series, Stealth of the Ninja, will be published in the spring of 2016. Philip has also published two works of historical fiction, Blood Brothers in Louisbourg and Me & Mr. Bell (Cape Breton University Press). Blood Brothers in Louisbourg focuses on the story of two adolescent brothers, one of French origins, and the other of Mik’maw and French descent, as they face the siege of Louisbourg in 1745. Blood Brothers in Louisbourg, or Frères de sang à Louisbourg, has also been translated into French (Les Éditions Perce-Neige). Me & Mr. Bell is about a ten-year-old boy with dyslexia who befriends Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller in 1908, and learns about perseverance in the process (Cape Breton University Press). Me & Mr. Bell was nominated for several awards including the Canadian Library Association for Book of the Year for Children in 2014, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, as well as for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice and Silver Birch awards. Philip’s has also published two picture books in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, Mouse Tales and Jellybean Mouse, (lllustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara). His third book in the 27-book (and counting!) series, Mouse Pet, will be available in the fall of 2015 (Ronsdale Press). When Philip is not travelling and visiting schools, he divides his time between Nova Scotia and Ontario, where he continues to write novels and compose music.

For more information about Philip’s books and/or scheduling a presentation outside of WITS, please visit: www.philiproy.ca, or e-mail Philip at philip@philiproy.ca. You can also contact his agent, Leila, at lmerl128@gmail.com or call 226-432-2215.

To view Philip’s Submarine Outlaw video, click here.
To view Philip’s website, click here.

PUBLICATIONS


AWARDS

First Prize: Atlantic Writing Competition

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Silver Medal: ForeWord’s Best Book of the Year Award

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Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens

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Red Maple in the Forest of Reading Award Nominee

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Langley Book of the Year Award Nominee

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Short-listed: Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)

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Short-listed: Ann Connor Brimer Award

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Short-listed: Rocky Mountain Book Award

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Short-listed: Diamond Willow Award

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Runner-Up: New England Book Festival 2012

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Runner-Up: Green Book Festival (San Francisco) 2012

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Canadian Library Association Nominee for Book of the Year for Children, 2014

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Silver Birch in the Forest of Reading Nominee

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Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Nominee


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