R.J. Anderson

R.J. Anderson

Stratford, ON

Carnegie Medal (Long-listed, 2009)

CLA Children's Book of the Year (Runner-up, 2010)

Concorde Book Award (Winner, 2011)

Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (Short-listed, 2011)

Andre Norton (Nebula) Award (Short-listed, 2012)

Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction (Short-listed, 2012)

Worcestershire Teen Book Award (Short-listed, 2011)

Silver Birch Award (Short-listed, 2017)

Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (Short-listed, 2017)


Junior fiction (Ages 8-12), Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Young adult (YA) Fiction (Ages 12 and up)


Josh Adams (Adams Literary)


Born in Kampala, Uganda and raised in various parts of Ontario, R. J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a Canadian author of fantasy and science fiction books for children and teens.

Her debut novel Knife (2009), which has sold more than 50,000 copies in the UK, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, chosen as an Honour Book by the CLA Children&;s Book of the Year Committee, and won the Concorde Book Award; her teen psychological thriller Ultraviolet (2011), was shortlisted for both the Sunburst Award in Canada and the prestigious Andre Norton (Nebula) award in the US. Her eighth book A Pocket Full of Murder, a magical mystery-adventure which takes place in an alternate universe version of 1930&;s Toronto, was released by Simon & Schuster Canada in 2015, and its sequel A Little Taste of Poison in September 2016. Pocket was nominated for a Silver Birch Award, and both titles were chosen as Top Ten Best Bets for Kids by the Canadian Library Association.

Rebecca is also a lively and encouraging public speaker with more than 20 years’ experience. Her passion is to inspire and educate budding writers, helping them find their creative voice and tell their stories in a meaningful and effective way. She also enjoys giving dramatic readings from her books and those of others — no droning or mumbling here!

In addition to her numerous school and library visits, Rebecca has given keynote addresses, participated in panels and led workshops at a number of writers’ events, including NCTEPackaging Your Imagination, SCBWI Canada East, ; Conference">Write!Canada, and the London Young Authors’ Conference. In June 2015 she appeared at Continuum 11 in Melbourne, Australia as their International Guest of Honour.