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Shelley Tanaka


Shelley Tanaka was born in Toronto, Ontario. She has a B.A. (Hons) in English and German from Queen's University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. For the past thirty years she has been fiction editor at Groundwood Books, Canada's foremost children's book publisher, where she has worked with some of the country's finest children's book writers, including Martha Brooks, Alan Cumyn, Deborah Ellis, Sarah Ellis, Martine Leavitt and Tim Wynne-Jones. She has edited several dozen children's books, including thirteen Governor General's Award winners.
Shelley is the author of more than twenty books for children and young adults. She has won the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults' Choice. She has also worked as a translator. Good for Nothing, by Michel Noel, was selected as Canada's translation choice for the Honour List named by the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY).
Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario. 

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Graveyards of the Dinosaurs. Madison Press/Scholastic/Hyperion, 1998
Lost Temple of the Aztecs (illus Greg Ruhl). Madison Press/Scholastic/Hyperion, 1998
The Buried City of Pompeii (illus Greg Ruhl). Madison Press/Scholastic/Hyperion, 1997
On Board the Titanic (illus Ken Marschall). Madison Press/Scholastic/Hyperion, 1996
Discovering the Iceman (illus Laurie McGaw). Madison Press/Scholastic/Hyperion, 1996
Climate Change. Groundwood Books, 2006; 2012 (rev)
Secrets of the Mummies. Madison Press/Scholastic/Hyperion, 1999
In the Time of Knights. Madison Press/Scholastic/Hyperion, 2000
Footnotes: Dancing the World's Best-loved Ballets, with Frank Augustyn. Key Porter/Millbrook, 2001
Attack on Pearl Harbor (illus David Craig). Madison Press/Scholastic/Hyperion, 2001
New Dinos (illus Alan Barnard). Madison Press/Scholastic/Atheneum, 2003
Mummies: The Newest, Coolest & Creepiest. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2005
Amelia Earhart: Legend of the Lost Aviator (illus David Craig). Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008
Nobody Knows. Groundwood Books, 2012


Silver Birch Award for On Board the Titanic, 1997
Mr. Christie's Book Award for Discovering the Iceman, 1997
Information Book Award for On Board the Titanic, 1997
Information Book Award for The Buried City of Pompeii, 1998
Science in Society Children's Book Award for Secrets of the Mummies, 1999
Orbis Pictus Award for Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator, 2009
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