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Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, but with a father in the RCAF, grew up in France and Colorado as well as Red Deer, Toronto and Middleton, Nova Scotia. She studied occupational therapy in London, married an Australian farmer while in college, and returned to Australia with him after graduation. She has lived in Australia ever since but returns to BC frequently to visit her family on Salt Spring Island and her daughter in Vancouver.

Wendy started writing seriously in 1986, and her picture book Amanda's Dinosaur was published in 1988. In 1991, after a serious car accident, she left occupational therapy to become a full time writer. She has written for children, young adults and adults, and participated in the first drafts of the screenplay for her book Nim's Island, currently in production as a feature film.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
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Amanda's Dinosaur. Scholastic, 1988
Aachoo!. Annick Press, 1992
Micki and Daniel series: Pegasus & Ooloo Mooloo; The Wedding; A Train to the City. Annick Press, 1993
Ark in the Park. Harper Collins Australia; Henry Holt USA, 1994; 2000
Peeling the Onion. Allen & Unwin, Australia; Holiday House USA, 1996;1997
Nim's Island. Allen & Unwin, Australia; Random House USA, 1999; 2001
Mokie and Bik. Henry Holt, 2007


Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, Junior readers for Ark in the Park, 1995
Children's Book Council of Australia Honour Book, older readers for Peeling the Onion, 1997
American Library Association best book for teenagers (listed)1998 for Peeling the Onion, 1998
American Library Association ‘Best of the Best List’ (top 100 books in the past fifty years) for Peeling the Onion, 2000
Los Angeles Times Best Book (Children) for Nim's Island, 2001
New South Wales Premier Award for Community Relations for Across the Dark Sea, 2007
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


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