Philip Roy

Philip Roy

Author
Brockville, ON
Publications
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. Although Al starts out as an explorer, he is becoming an active environmentalist in the course of his travels. The series includes the following eight books: Submarine Outlaw, Journey to AtlantisRiver OdysseyGhosts of the Pacific, Outlaw in India,  Seas of South Africa, Eco Warrior and Stealth of the Ninja (Ronsdale Press). Philip’s ninth novel in the Submarine Outlaw series, Guardians of the Sea, is set on the west coast of Canada, and will be published in the fall of 2019. Meanwhile, Submarine Outlaw, (book 1 in the Submarine Outlaw series), is currently being translated into French as Un rebelle en sous-marin, with an anticipated publication date of spring, 2019.

Philip has also published two works of historical fiction, Blood Brothers in Louisbourg  and Me & Mr. Bell (Nimbus Publishing). 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. Selected for the long list of First Nation Communities Read, Blood Brothers in Louisbourg has also been translated into French by Christian Roy, (no relation to Philip), as Frères de sang à Louisbourg (Les Éditions Perce-Neige)Frères de sang à Louisbourg was nominated for the Communication-Jeunesse list for 2014-2015.  Me & Mr. Bell, (nominated for four major awards: the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the Silver Birch Award in the Forest of Reading, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award), 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 written a new Middle Reader, The Kingdom of No WorriesThe Kingdom of No Worries is a novel about 3 boys who create their own country in the middle of the river in the heart of their city during one hot summer.

In addition to novels for “young people of all ages,” Philip has also written 28 stories in the Happy the Pocket Mouse picture book series thus far, and his first four books in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, (illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara), are Mouse Tales, Jellybean Mouse, Mouse Pet  and  Mouse VacationMouse Tales, (Book 1), has already been translated into French as Les contes de Youpi (Ronsdale Press), and Jellybean Mouse, (Book 2), will be translated into French as Youpi et ses bonbons in the fall of 2018. The fifth book in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, A Happy Halloween, will be due out in the fall of 2020. When Philip is not travelling and visiting schools, he and his family live in Brockville, Ontario, where he continues to write novels and compose music.

Awards and Nominations:

Red Cedar Book Award Nominee 2017

Communication-Jeunesse Nominee 2014-2015

Moonbeam Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction 2015

Silver Birch Award in the Forest of Reading Nominee (OLA) 2015

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

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Nominee (CCBC) 2014

Selected for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens 2008, 2010-2014

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

Long-listed: First Nation Communities Read 2013-2014

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

Runner-Up: New England Book Festival 2012

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

Red Maple Award in the Forest of Reading Nominee (OLA) 2010

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

Langley Book of the Year Award Nominee 2009

Short-listed: Ann Connor Brimer Award 2009

Short-listed: Diamond Willow Award 2009

Short-listed: Rocky Mountain Book Award 2009

First Prize: Atlantic Writing Competition 2007

Literary Festivals and More:

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (Eden Mills, Ontario)

The Frye Festival (Greater Moncton, New Brunswick)

The Page Turner Project (CBC Radio and Cape Breton University Press)

Telling Tales Festival (Rockton, Ontario)

Festival of Trees (Toronto, Ontario)

Lit Live Reading Series (Hamilton, Ontario)

Hackmatack Awards Ceremony (Atlantic Canada)

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 two of his folk art 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. (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 writing process–specifically character development and how to access one’s imagination and put one’s ideas down on paper. He likes to engage students in discussions of people and issues around the world, (with an eye towards adopting a global perspective.) Another major focus of his presentations is how a writer takes a wide array of elements and weaves them together into a novel or story. Philip also has a picture book series called Happy the Pocket Mouse, which he presents to younger (and sometimes older) audiences. Mouse Tales, Jellybean Mouse, Mouse Pet and Mouse Vacation are the first four books in his 28-book (and counting! series), with more on the way. Mouse Tales is available in French as Les contes de Youpi, and Jellybean Mouse will soon be available in French as Youpi et ses bonbons.

Traditionally, Philip works with grades JK through 8, but can tailor his presentations to any audience. Philip’s sessions are 75 minutes long, and he has no maximum audience size. Philip also offers two 40 minute back-to-back sessions with grades JK-2, (in lieu of a traditional 75 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 has recently begun to offer JK-4 presentations for French Immersion schools featuring his picture books Les contes de Youpi and Youpi et ses bonbons. If you are only interested in scheduling a presentation in French, at least 2 40 minute presentations featuring these picture books would be required.

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 publicist, Leila, with book requests by the night before the presentation(s).

Fee: $275.00 per session (75 minutes) plus HST and transportation. No maximum group size for presentations. When scheduling sessions for JK-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 JK-2s as long as it is paired with at least one separate 75 minute session. To schedule a visit, please contact Leila Merl at leilamerl28@gmail.com, or call 613-499-9485.

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 75 minute 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 workshops.

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 leilamerl28@gmail.com, or call 613-499-9485.

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