Shane Peacock

Shane Peacock

Author
Baltimore, ON
Awards

Governor General's Award (Finalist) (2013)

Arthur Ellis Award (Winner) (2008)

Arthur Ellis Award (Winner) (2013)

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award (Shortlist) (2008)

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award (Shortlist) (2009)

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award (Shortlist) (2011)

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction (Winner) (2010)

Libris Award (Winner) (2010)

Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award (Winner) (2010)

Junior Library Guild of America, Premier Selection (2007)

Junior Library Guild of America, Premier Selection (2008)

Junior Library Guild of America, Premier Selection (2009)

Junior Library Guild of America, Premier Selection (2010)

Junior Library Guild of America, Premier Selection (2011)

Junior Library Guild of America, Premier Selection (2012)

Violet Downey Award (Winner) (2008)

Violet Downey Award (Winner) (2010)

Foreword Magazine Book of the Year (Winner) (2008)

Moonbeam Children's Book Award (Gold Medal) (2008)

Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year (Honour Book) (2008)

Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year (Honour Book) (2008)

Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year (Shortlist) (2009)

Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year (Shortlist) (2010)

Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year (Shortlist) (2010)

Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year (Shortlist) (2011)

Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year (Shortlist) (2012)

Silver Birch Award (Honour Book) (2009)

Silver Birch Award (Shortlist) (2010)

John Spray Mystery Award (Shortlist) (2013)

Hackmatack Award (Shortlist) (2009)

Snow Willow Award (2009)

Manitoba Young Readers Award (Shortlist) (2009)

Rocky Mountain, Alberta YA Readers Choice Award (Shortlist) (2009)

Quill & Quire Book of the Year Award (2007)

Red Maple Award (Shortlist) (1999)

Red Maple Award (Shortlist) (2002)

Publications

Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His First Case (Tundra Books, 2007)

Death in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Second Case (Tundra Books, 2008)

Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Third Case (Tundra Books, 2009)

The Secret Fiend: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fourth Case (Tundra Books, 2010)

The Dragon Turn: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fifth Case (Tundra Books, 2011)

Becoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case (Tundra Books, 2012)

Last Message (Seven, The Series) (Orca Book Publishers, 2012)

Double You (Seven, The Sequels) (Orca Book Publishers, 2014)

The Mystery of Ireland's Eye (The Dylan Maples Adventures) (Penguin Books, 1999)

The Secret of the Silver Mines (The Dylan Maples Adventures) (Penguin Books, 2000)

Bone Beds of the Badlands (The Dylan Maples Adventures) (Penguin Books, 2001)

Monster in the Mountains (The Dylan Maples Adventures) (Penguin Books, 2003)

Unusual Heroes - Canada's Prime Ministers (Penguin Books, 2002)

The Great Farini - The High-Wire Life of William Hunt (Penguin Books, 1995)

Genres

Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Non-fiction, Picture books

Representation

Pamela Paul (The Pamela Paul Agency)

Biography

Canadian Author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter, Shane Peacock has always been interested in larger-than-life characters and different ways to tell their stories. His first book, The Great Farini, was the true account of a man who walked over Niagara Falls on a high wire. His Dylan Maples Adventures for young adults followed the exploits of an unusual fictional character, and his journalism for the likes of Reader’s Digest and Sports Illustrated, and documentaries for History Television and Canada’s CTV national network, have featured sumo wrestlers, spies, and street preachers. His Boy Sherlock Holmes series, beginning with Eye of the Crow, and followed by Death in the Air, Vanishing Girl, The Secret Fiend, The Dragon Turn, and Becoming Holmes, are the first novels to recount the childhood adventures of literature’s most famous detective. These books have been nominated for and won more than fifty awards worldwide, including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, The Libris Award, and The Violet Downey Award, all for Best YA Novel in Canada, the Arthur Ellis Award (twice) for best YA crime fiction, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for best historical YA novel, six consecutive Junior Library Guild of America Premier Selections, three nominations for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and three Canadian Library Association Honour Book awards. Becoming Holmes was a 2013 finalist for The Governor-General’s Award. The series has sold well over 100,000 copies and has also been translated into twelve languages in ten countries. The Ottawa Citizen said that “The vitality of Peacock’s creation of Sherlock Holmes is so inspired it feels like the writer is possessed, channeling Sherlock’s spirit.” As well, Shane’s novel Last Message is part of the groundbreaking Seven, the Series: connected novels by seven of Canada’s most acclaimed Young Adult authors, about seven grandsons seeking to complete the dramatic bucket list of their late grandfather. All seven books were published on the same day in the fall of 2012. The sequel, Double You, (part of The Seven Sequels) appeared in October 2014. His YA horror trilogy, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim, from Tundra Books, begins with The Un-Dead in 2015; and his first picture book, The Artist and Me, appears from Owlkids Books in 2016.

Shane is in demand as a public speaker and has appeared in many hundreds of schools, at many national and international conventions, and on television and radio. His presentations are upbeat and dramatic, designed to get young people, students, teachers, and other adults excited about reading and literature in general. For more details about his presentations, visit www.authorsbooking.com.

Presentations
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How to Love Reading and Writing!

Shane offers an upbeat presentation about why he thinks reading and writing are the most exciting things a kid can do. It appeals to all ages and genders within his audience, though teachers often comment that it has a particularly positive effect on boys and reluctant readers. He discusses why it took him a while to get interested in reading as a kid, how he became a writer, and the wild and crazy things he has written about, including sumo wrestling, high-wire walking and “silent killing.” He tells the story of “The Great Farini,” from his first book, as Farini duels Blondin the Magnificent high above Niagara Falls on a rope in 1860, and uses it to show students how to tell stories and how they work. He describes how he conceived and wrote his best-selling, award-nominated series “The Boy Sherlock Holmes,” and “Last Message” in “The Seven Series” and “Double You” in “The Seven Sequels,” shows trailers for them, tells a little about them, reveals a few more secrets of his trade, and delivers a short, dramatic reading from one of the novels. Students are encouraged to interact. Sometimes, Shane even gives lessons on how to walk (above-mentioned) high wires and sumo wrestle! 

Shane also offers workshops to students from grade 4 through 12, presenting stimulating, interactive lessons in the writing process. Skype presentations are available as well.

Presentation type: Other

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: $350 for one presentation, $550 for two, $750 for three, $950 for four