Eric Walters

Eric Robert Walters, CM (born March 3, 1957) is a Canadian author of young adult fiction and picture books.[1] As of 2020, Eric Walters has written over 100 books.[2]

Eric Walters

Eric Walters at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2016
Walters at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2016
Born
Eric Robert Walters

(1957-03-03) March 3, 1957 (age 64)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian
OccupationWriter
Known forThe Rule Of Three, Camp X, Shattered, Bifocal

BackgroundEdit

Walters was an elementary school teacher at Vista Heights Public School in Streetsville, Ontario. In 1993, he was teaching a grade 5 class in which many of the students were reluctant readers and writers. To encourage them, Walters wrote his first novel, Stand Your Ground. The novel was set in the school and included features from the community and the names of many of his students. He has since written more than 70 novels for young adults.

He is a three-time winner of both the Ontario Association Silver Birch and Red Maple Awards – voted on by over 100,000 students throughout the province of Ontario. His books have been translated and published in many countries.

Personal lifeEdit

Eric Walters was born and raised in Toronto and resides in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife Anita. They have three adult children, Christina, Nick and Julia.[3]

Walters tries to experience the subjects he plans to write about. In April 2010 he walked across the Sahara Desert before writing Just Deserts. With his son, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Between Heaven and Earth. He played with tigers before writing Tiger by the Tail.[4]

In addition, Walters founded the Creation of Hope,[5] an organization providing care for orphans in the Mbooni district of Kenya. Presently more than 400 orphans are being provided with services that include food, school fees, uniforms, tools, beds, livestock, and the construction of two children's residences in the town of Kikima.

AwardsEdit

Walters's works have won or been nominated for the following awards:[6]

Book Award(s)
Stars
  • Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, 1997
  • Blue Heron Book Award, Blue Heron Books, 1997
  • Children's Choice Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre (CBC)
Trapped in Ice
  • Silver Birch Award, 1997
  • CBC Choice Award, 1997
  • Ruth Schwartz Award nomination, 1997
War of the Eagles
  • Ruth Schwartz Award, 1998
  • CBC Choice Award, New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age designation, 1998
  • Canadian Library Book of the Year Honour selection, 1998
Diamonds in the Rough
  • CBC Choice Award, 1998
  • Red Cedar Award nomination, 1998
The Hydrofoil Mystery
  • Canadian Library Association (CLA) Honour Book designation, 1998
Caged EagIes
  • CLA Book of the Year shortlist, 2000
  • UNESCO Honour Selection designation, 2003
Rebound
  • Red Maple Award, 2002
  • Snow Willow Award, 2002
The Bully Boys
  • CBC Choice Award, 2002
  • Red Maple Award finalist, 2002
Camp X
  • Silver Birch Award, 2003
  • Arthur Ellis Award shortlist, 2003
Run
  • Torgi Award, 2003
We All Fall Down
  • Red Maple Winner, 2006
Shattered
  • White Maple Winner, 2006
Safe as Houses
  • Red Maple Winner, 2007
The Pole
The King of Jam Sandwiches

Published worksEdit

FictionEdit

  • Stand Your Ground (Fitzhenry & Whiteside 1994)
  • Stars (Fitzhenry & Whiteside 1996)
  • Trapped in Ice (Penguin 1997)
  • War of the Eagles (Orca 1998)
  • Diamonds in the Rough (Fitzhenry & Whiteside 1998)
  • The Hydrofoil Mystery (Penguin 1999)
  • Caged Eagles (Orca 2000)
  • Rebound (Stoddart 2000)
  • The Bully Boys (Penguin 2000)
  • Northern Exposures (HarperCollins 2001)
  • Camp X (Penguin 2002)
  • Ricky (HarperCollins 2002)
  • Tiger Town (Dundurn 2003)
  • Run (Penguin 2003)
  • Overdrive (Orca 2004)
  • Grind (Orca 2004)
  • Death by Exposure (Dundurn 2004)
  • Underdog (Orca 2004)
  • I've Got An Idea (HarperCollins 2004)
  • The True Story of Santa Claus (2005)
  • Juice (Orca 2005)
  • Elixir (Penguin 2005)
  • Triple Threat (Orca 2005)
  • Stuffed (Orca 2006)
  • Laggan Lard Butts (Orca 2006)
  • We All Fall Down (Doubleday 2006)
  • Shattered (Penguin 2006)
  • House Party (Orca 2007)
  • Bifocal (Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2007)
  • Safe as Houses (Doubleday 2007)
  • Tiger Trap (Dundurn 2007)
  • Sketches (Penguin 2007)
  • Boot Camp (Orca 2007)
  • The Falls (Penguin 2008)
  • In A Flash (Orca 2008)
  • When Elephants Fight (Orca, 2008)
  • Voyageur (Penguin, 2008)
  • The Pole (Penguin 2008)
  • Splat! (Orca 2008)
  • Alexandria of Africa (Doubleday 2008)
  • Special Edward (Orca, 2009)
  • Black & White (Penguin, 2009)
  • Tell Me Why (Doubleday, 2009)
  • Wounded (Penguin, 2009)
  • United We Stand (Doubleday, 2009)
  • Shell Shocked (Penguin, 2009)
  • Wave (Doubleday, 2009)
  • Beverly Hills Maasai (Doubleday, 2010)
  • Branded (Orca, 2010)
  • Trouble in Paradise (Penguin, 2010)
  • Home Team (Orca, 2010)
  • Fly Boy (Penguin, 2010)
  • Shaken (Doubleday, January 2011)
  • Catboy (Orca, September 2011)
  • Just Deserts (Penguin, September 2011)
  • Between Heaven and Earth (2012)
  • The Matato Ride (Spring 2012)
  • The Taming (Spring 2012) with Teresa Toten
  • End of Days (Doubleday, September 2012)
  • Power Play (Spring 2013)
  • Tagged (Fall 2013)
  • My Name is Blessing (Fall 2013)
  • The Rule of Three (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, January 2014)
  • Walking Home (Doubleday, 2014)
  • Saving Sammy (Orca 2014)
  • The Power of Three (Razorbill 2014)
  • Sleeper (Orca 2014)
  • Hope Springs (Tundra, September 2014)
  • Regenesis (Doubleday Canada 2015)
  • The Fight of Power (Razorbill 2015)
  • The Will to Survive (Razorbill 2016)
  • 90 Days of Different (Orca 2017)
  • Always With You (Nimbus Publishing, 2019)
  • The Boy Who Moved Christmas (Nimbus Publishing, 2020)

Non-fictionEdit

  • Improve Your Child's Spelling 1 (1991) (with Norm Rippon)
  • Improve Your Child's Spelling 2 (1993) (with Norm Rippon)
  • When Elephants Fight (2008) (with Adrian Bradbury)
  • Tell Me Why (2009)
  • From the Heart of Africa: a Book of Wisdom (2018)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eric Walters". Orca Book Publishers. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  2. ^ Medley, Mark. "Eric Walters: The hardest-working writer in Canada". National Post. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. ^ "About: Eric Walters". Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  4. ^ "About: Eric Walters". Retrieved 10 May 2014. This has included playing with and walking tigers (Tiger by the Tail) ... hiking across the Sahara Desert (Just Deserts) ... climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (Between Heaven and Earth)
  5. ^ "Creation of Hope home". Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Eric Walters bio". JRank.org. Retrieved 26 March 2010.

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