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Photo: Olga ZuyderhoffPlace of birth: Cheshire, England
Now lives near: Perth, Ontario
Tim Wynne-Jones was born in England, grew up in British Columbia and Ontario, and studied at the University of Waterloo and York University. His writing career began when he won the $50 000 Seal First Novel Award for Odd's End, a book he wrote in five weeks while at loose ends when his wife was away in California just after he finished university. Since then he has written and translated numerous picture books and created four works of fiction for children and young adults, two more novels for adults, numerous radio dramas, a children's musical, an opera libretto, short stories, and songs for the television programme, "Fraggle Rock". He and his wife, Amanda Lewis (with whom he wrote the children's book, Rosie Backstage) moved their family of three children to a beautiful rural acreage in eastern Ontario after Mr. Wynne-Jones's successful sojourn as the Perth Public Library Writer-in-Residence in 1988. Although he does not model his fictitious characters on his family, he finds that being with his children puts him in touch with the child in himself. That helps him to write naturally, personally, and originally -- qualities important in the creation of good books for children and for adults.
Books for Children and Young People
Architect of the Moon. Illustrated by Ian Wallace. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1991 (c1988).
The Book of Changes: Stories. Toronto: A Groundwood Book, Douglas & McIntyre, c1994.
Builder of the Moon. Illustrated by Ian Wallace. New York: M.K. McElderry Books, c1988.
Un Dernier morceau de ciel. Translated by Christiane Duchesne; illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay. Saint-Lambert, Quebec: Héritage, c1993.
The Hour of the Frog. Illustrated by Catharine O'Neill. Toronto: A Groundwood Book, Douglas & McIntyre, c1989.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame. By Victor Hugo; retold by Tim Wynne-Jones; illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Key Porter Kids, c1996.
I'll Make You Small. Illustrated by Maryann Kovalski. Vancouver: Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre, 1990 (c1986).
The Last Piece of Sky. Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay. Toronto: A Groundwood Book, Douglas & McIntyre, 1993.
Madeline & Ermadello. Illustrated by Lindsey Hallam. Hawkesville, Ont.: Before We Are Six, 1977.
The Maestro: A Novel. Vancouver: A Groundwood Book, Douglas & McIntyre, 1996 (c1995).
Mischief City. Illustrated by Victor Gad. Toronto: Groundwood Books, Douglas & McIntyre, c1986.
Mouse in the Manger. Illustrated by Elaine Blier. Toronto: Viking, 1993.
Rosie Backstage. Written by Amanda Lewis and Tim Wynne-Jones; illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, c1994.
Some of the Kinder Planets. Toronto: A Groundwood Book, Douglas & McIntyre, c1993.
Zoom at Sea. Illustrated by Ken Nutt. Toronto: A Groundwood Book, Douglas & McIntyre, 1990 (c1983).
Zoom Away. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Toronto: A Groundwood Book, Douglas & McIntyre, 1993 (c1985).
Zoom Upstream. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Toronto: Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre, 1993 (c1992).
The Louse. Written by Colette Dufresne; translated by Tim Wynne-Jones; illustrated by May Rousseau. Waterloo, Quebec: Quintin, 1991.
The Snowy Owl. Written by Joseph Lévesque; translated by Tim Wynne-Jones; illustrated by Pierre Jarry. Waterloo, Quebec: Quintin, 1991.
Books for Adults
Fastyngange. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990 (c1988).
The Knot. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990 (c1982).
Odd's End. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990 (c1980).
Voices. London; Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton, 1990 (c1988).