Philip Roy

Philip Roy

Author
Durham, ON
Genres

Junior fiction (Ages 8-12), Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Picture books

Representation

Leila Merl (Books by Philip Roy)

Biography

Philip Roy was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He studied music and history before choosing a career in writing. His 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 details the adventures of a young submariner, Alfred Pynsent, and his quirky crew of a dog and a seagull, as they circumnavigate the world. The series includes the following six books: Submarine OutlawJourney to AtlantisRiver OdysseyGhosts 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 2017. He 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 by Christian Roy (no relation to Philip), into French (Les Éditions Perce-Neige). Nominated by the Canadian Library Association for the 2014 Best Book of the Year for Children Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Award for Young People as well as a Silver Birch Award, Me & Mr. Bell is about a ten-year-old boy struggling with dyslexia who befriends Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller in 1908 (Cape Breton University Press). Philip has also published his first three picture books in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, Mouse Tales, Jellybean Mouse and Mouse Pet, (illustrated by the talented Andrea Torrey Balsara), (Ronsdale Press). The fourth book in the series, Mouse Vacation, will be available in the fall of 2016. Philip has written 27 stories in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series thus far, and shares them with audiences of all ages. When Philip is not travelling and visiting schools, he and his family live in Durham, Ontario, where Philip continues to write novels and compose music.

Awards and Nominations

Moonbeam Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction 2015

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

Silver Birch Award in the Forest of Reading Program Nominee

Red Maple Award in the Forest of Reading Program Nominee

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Nominee

Selected for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens

First Prize: Atlantic Writing Competition

Resource Links: “The Year’s Best 2013.”

Silver Medal: ForeWord’s Best Book of the Year Award 2009

Langley Book of the Year Award Nominee

Long-listed: First Nation Communities Read 2013-2014

Short-listed: Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014-2015

Short-listed: Ann Connor Brimer Award

Short-listed: Diamond Willow Award

Short-listed: Rocky Mountain Book Award

Runner-Up: New England Book Festival 2012

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

Presentations
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About Philip’s Presentations

Philip offers a very friendly and energetic presentation involving readings, discussion, displays of folk art, and Q and A. He always likes to bring along at least one of his submarines for school visits. The first submarine is six-feet long and made out of recycled materials—50 pairs of wooden crutches, 13 bicycle wheels, two canoe paddles, one old boat propeller, and 600 bolts. It used to ride on the top of his car, later fit in the back of a station wagon, but is now carried on a trailer, and rolls along very well on its own rollers. (He explains, “It’s really a piece of folk art—an ‘artistic expression’ of a submarine—and is a terrific example of recycling old stuff into art.”) The second submarine is smaller, and has a periscope (made from a meat-grinder!) Philip also brings along a helicopter made from recycled materials.

Philip’s presentations include this very tactile display, discussion of multi-cultural and environmental issues and the sea in all its geographic and ecological variety, ocean and river navigation, travel through Canada and other “exotic” countries, especially along coastal waters, and how a writer takes all of these elements and weaves them together into an adventure novel. Philip now also has a picture book series called Happy the Pocket Mouse, which he presents to younger audiences. Mouse Tales, Jellybean Mouse, and Mouse Pet are the first three books in the 27-book (and counting! series), and the fourth book will be due out in the fall of 2016. Traditionally, Philip works with grades K through 8, but can tailor his presentations to any age group. Philip’s sessions are an hour and a half long, and he has no maximum audience size. Philip is now also offering two 40 minute back-to-back sessions with grades K-2, (in lieu of a traditional 90 minute session), and the focus in these shorter, paired presentations is on the Happy the Pocket Mouse picture book series, as well as friendship, folk art, recycling, and creativity.

Philip brings copies of all of his books for students and faculty members to purchase on the day of his visit. No taxes are charged, and books are offered at a discounted rate. Order forms for books are made available to teachers and principals to share with students and faculty members prior to school visits. It is recommended that students and faculty members fill out these order forms in advance, and that the person in charge of scheduling the visit e-mail Philip’s agent, Leila, with book requests by the night before the presentation(s).

Fee: $275.00 per session (90 minutes) plus HST and transportation, (20 cents per kilometer, round trip, from Durham.) No maximum group size for presentations. When scheduling sessions for K-2 students only, ideally two sessions should be scheduled back-to-back, (they are 40 minutes each), unless several presentations are scheduled at one school throughout the day, which would allow for more flexibility. There is also the option of scheduling a pro-rated 40 minute session for the K-2s as long as it is paired with at least one separate 90 minute session.

To schedule a visit, please contact Leila at lmerl128@gmail.com, or call 226-432-2215.

Learn more about Philip’s books, and see Philip with one of  his submarines in this youtube video: Submarine Outlaw.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: $275.00 for a 1.5 hour presentation, (no maximum audience size), plus transportation and HST

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About Philip's Workshops

For workshops, Philip likes to share creative writing exercises that encourage freedom of literary expression, exercises such as symmetrical essays that focus on the structure and mechanics of writing. The purpose of these exercises is to raise students’ awareness of the role that structure plays in creative endeavours. Philip’s main focus is exploring the marriage between form and content to help students evoke greater expressive power and control over their own prose, all the while investigating the limits of realistic fiction. Traditionally, Philip works with grades 3-8 when conducting workships.

Philip brings copies of all of his books for students and faculty members to purchase on the day of his visit. No taxes are charged, and books are offered at a discounted rate. Order forms for books are made available to teachers and principals to share with students prior to school visits. It is recommended that students and faculty members fill out these order forms in advance.

If you would like to contact Philip about scheduling a workshop, please e-mail Leila at lmerl128@gmail.com, or call 226-432-2215.

Learn more about Philip’s books, and see Philip with one of his submarines in this youtube video: Submarine Outlaw.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: $275.00 for a 1.5 hour workshop, (maximum group size 25), plus transportation and HST