The Novels

The Emperor of Any Place

has received SEVEN starred reviews in
American Trade Magazines!

* Kirkus Reviews
“Dual stories of strength and resilience illuminate the effects that war has on individuals and on father-son relationships, effects that stretch in unexpected ways across generations as Evan and Griff make their way toward a truce. An accomplished wordsmith, Wynne-Jones achieves an extraordinary feat: he illuminates the hidden depths of personalities and families through a mesmerizing blend of realism and magic.

When Evan’s father dies suddenly, Evan finds a hand-bound yellow book on his desk—a book his dad had been reading when he passed away. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? What is in this account that Evan’s grandfather, whom Evan has never met before, fears so much that he will do anything to prevent its being seen? And what could this possibly mean for Evan? In a pulse-quickening mystery evoking the elusiveness of truth and the endurance of wars passed from father to son, this engrossing novel is a suspenseful, at times terrifying read from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.

Blink and Caution
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Blink & Caution
Published by Candlewick Press
Distributed in Canada by Random House
Published by Walker Books in the United Kingdom
352 pages (ages 14 and up)
$16.99 USD / $19.00 CAD / £6.99

Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads — and risk an unexpected connection — in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones.

Boy, did you get off on the wrong floor, Blink. All you wanted was to steal some breakfast for your empty belly, but instead you stumbled on a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an “abducted” CEO, giving you a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now you’re on the run, but it’s OK as long as you are smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold.

Enter a girl named Caution. As in “Caution: Toxic.” As in “Caution: Watch Your Step.” She’s also on the run from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a night- mare in her past that won’t let her go. When she spies Blink at the bus station, Caution can see he’s an easy mark. But there’s something about this naive, skinny street punk, whom she only wanted to rob, that tugs at her heart, a heart she thought deserved not to feel.

Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel trails two deeply compelling characters as they forge a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best, disastrous at worst — along with a fated, tender partnership that will offer them each a rare chance for redemption.

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The Uninvited 
published by Candlewick Press,
distributed in Canada by Random House
ISBN 978-0-7636-3984-6
353 pages (age 14 and up)
$16.99 USD / $18.50 CAD

Who is the uninvited? This twisty page-turner from a master of suspense plumbs the unsettling goings-on at a picture-perfect woodland cottage.

Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to find someone already living there -- Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want? Part gripping thriller, part family drama, this fast-paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints, in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie -- a mysterious character in its own right.

Rex Zero, The Great Pretender

Published in Canada by Groundwood Books
ISBN: 978-0-88899-946-7
Middle grade fiction (age 10+)
224 pages
$12.95 CAD

Published in the USA by Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN: 9780374362607
ISBN10: 0374362602
Middle-Grade Fiction (age 10+)
224 pages
$16.99 USD

It's September 1963 when Rex is blindsided by some unexpected news. His family is moving again -- just to the other side of the city, as it turns out, but it might as well be the other side of the moon as far as Rex is concerned. In desperation, he secretly starts taking public transit back to his old school -- a plan that works just fine until he runs out of money.

When his sister Annie catches him stealing change from his mum's purse, sisterly blackmail becomes another problem. Not only that, but Rex has got on the bad side of Spew, the hockey thug bully from his old school, and Spew and his sidekicks Puke and Dribble are out to get Rex -- and they know where he lives. Rex ends up using his wits and lively imagination to get himself out of his pickle, with some sobering and surprising consequences.

Rex Zero, King of Nothing

published in Canada by Groundwood Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-88899-799-9
ISBN-10: 0-88899-799-X
221 pages (ages 9 and up)
$12.95 CAD

published in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN-13: 978-0-374-36259-1
ISBN-10: 0-374-36259-9
217 pages

In sixth grade now, the wildly imaginative Rex Zero and his friends hatch a plan to replace Miss Garr, the substitute teacher from hell, and Rex takes on the persona of none other than “Dr. Love.” Of course, events spin hilariously out of control. Miss Garr’s cruel behavior is a mystery to Rex. But then, Rex’s world is full of mysteries! There’s the beautiful woman in white. Why does she have a black eye? There’s the little black book filled with names. Who could it belong to? And why has Rex’s father hidden a letter that begins: “Mein Liebchen”? Could all these things have something to do with the mystery of love? Underneath all of this is the age-old question of how to stand up and be a man. For if, as Rex’s dad says, “a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do,” how does Rex know what to do and when to do it?

Delightfully eccentric characters, humorous scenes of well-intended plans gone awry, a finely crafted plot interwoven with serious themes about love and war—this new Rex Zero is a gem!

Rex Zero and the End of the World

A novel,
Published, fall of 2006, by Groundwood Books, in Canada
Paperback, ISBN 10: 088899-759-0
224 pages (ages 9 and up)
$12.95 CAD

It’s the summer of 1962, and to eleven-year-old Rex the world is starting to look like a pretty scary place. On TV there are reports about the Russians and a nuclear war. Some people in his new neighborhood are even building bomb shelters in their backyards.
         And that isn’t all. There is something loose in Adams Park, a menacing presence. Rex and his new friends decide it has to be captured. He has a plan…he only hopes he’s right.

Rex Zero and the End of the World is due out in the USA in the spring of 2007, published by Farrar Straus Giroux. Here’s the cover.




Published in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 978-0374-33467-3
ISBN-10: 0-374-33467-6
217 pages
$16.00 USD

A Thief in the House of Memory
published in Canada by Groundwood Books
ISBN: 0-88899-574-1
180 pages, (ages 11+)
$13.95 CAD
published in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN-13: 978-0-374-40019-4
ISBN-10: 0-374-40019-9
210 pages,
$8.00 USD (pb)

Declan Steeple thought the past was over.  Apparently, he was wrong. Dec is a sixteen-year-old who has it all: great  grades, dreams for the future, a loyal and wise best friend, a stepmother  who keeps her distance, and an independently wealthy father.
Then one day, Dec decided to hitch a ride home  from school, and he sets in motion an unsettling chain of events – a  robbery, a death, and the unearthing of sweet and dark memories.

Published in the United Kingdom by Usborne.

Also called:

Dieb im Haus der Erinnreung, Carl Hanser, Munchen, 2007
The Boy in the Burning House
published in Canada by Groundwood Books published in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York,
a Melanie Kroupa book

 Published in the United Kingdom by Usborne.

Also called:

Brandspuren Carl Hanser, München-Wien
Drengen I Dit Braendende Hus Glyndendal, Copenhagen
Brand! Gotmer, Haarlem, a Jenny de Jonge book
La part du feu Edition Pierre Tisseyre, Saint-Laurent, Quebec
Il Ragazzo in Fiamme Mondadori, Milano

Two years after his father's mysterious disappearance, Jim Hawkins is coping -- barely. Underneath, he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. What did happen to his father? Is he dead or just gone? Then Jim meets Ruth Rose. Moody, provocative, she's the bad-girl stepdaughter of Father Fisher, Jim's father's childhood friend and the town pastor, and she shocks Jim out of his stupor when she tells him her stepfather is a murderer. "Don't you want to know who he murdered?" she asks. Jim doesn't. Ruth Rose is clearly crazy -- a sixteen-year-old misfit. Yet something about her fierce conviction pierces Jim's shell. He begins to burn with a desire for the truth, until it becomes clear that it may be more unsettling than he can bear. What is the real meaning of the strange prayers Father Fisher intones behind the door of his private sanctuary? Why does Ruth Rose suddenly disappear? And what really happened thirty years ago when a boy died in a burning house?

Stephen Fair
Groundwood Books, Toronto
DK Ink, New York, a Melanie Kroupa book
Harper Trophy (paperback), New York

 Also called:

Dromenvanger Gottmer, Haarlem, a Jenny de Jonge  book, 1998
Stephen l’Oscuro Mondadori, Milano, 2000
Ausgeträumt Verlag Sauerländer, Frankfurt  am Main 2001

Stephen Fair can't sleep. For the past few months his nights have been filled with nightmares about a strange treehouse, a crying baby, and a raging fire. The oddest thing is that his older brother had the same dreams years ago, just before he moved out of the house.

What is the matter with Stephen? Why do all of his mother's attempts to help only make things worse? Why did Stephen's father and brother really leave home? Thank goodness for good friends - Virginia and her flamboyant but troubled father, and Dom, Stephen's outlandish but loyal friend.

In the end though, it is the dreams themselves that lead Stephen on a journey to uncover the secret that is haunting him and his family. This novel is another tour de force from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.

The Maestro
Groundwood Books, Toronto
Orchard Books, New York
Puffin Book (paperback), New York

Also called:

The Survival Game, Usborne, London, UK
The Flight of Burl Crow Allen & Unwin, Melbourne
De maestro Gottmer, Haarlem, a Jenny de Jonge book
Le Maestro Hachette, Paris
Il Maestro, Mondadori, Milano
Flucht in die Wälder Carl Hanser, München-Wien
Una fuga y una mentira editions SM, Madrid

Burl Crow hasn't had many breaks in his young life. His father is a manipulative lout with a dangerous temper; his mother, worn down by years of abuse, now resorts to her "little helpers" to get her through the days. Then he meets Nathaniel Orlando Gow, the Maestro, and in just one day, this eccentric genius changes Burl's life forever.

Rosie Backstage
co-authored with Amanda Lewis:

Kids Can Press, Toronto
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