Saturday, 4 July 2020

Nancy Farmer

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The House of the Scorpion | Biblio. & Rights Info
The House of the Scorpion 
The Lord of Opium

The Sea of Trolls | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Sea of Trolls
The Land of Silver Apples

The Islands of the Blessed

African NovelsBiblio. & Rights Info
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
A Girl Named Disaster
A Warm Place
Do You Know Me

Picture Books | Biblio. & Rights Info
Clever Ali
Casey Jones’s Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb
Runnery Granery

Short Stories for Young Readers | Biblio. & Rights Info
Ticket to Ride
Castle Othello
Bella’s Birthday Present
Remember Me
Falada: The Goose Girl’s Horse
Tapiwa’s Uncle

Short Science Fiction 
The Mole Cure
Origami Mountain
The Mirror


The House of the Scorpion

For The House of the Scorpion

Winner of the National Book Award

“Farmer’s latest young-adult novel unflinchingly tackles the war on drugs and mistreatment of migrant labors . . . This is mind-expanding fiction for older teens that also works for adults — think Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, Orwell’s 1984 or Nevil Shute’s On the Beach.”

USA Today

“Farmer’s novel may be futuristic, but it hits close to home, raising questions of what it means to be human, what is the value of life, and what are the responsibilities of a society. Readers will be hooked from the first page.”

—Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“…Farmer has a talent for creating exciting tales in beautifully realized, unusual worlds. With undertones of vampires, Frankenstein, dragons’ hoards, and killing fields, Matt’s story turns out to be an inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence. A must-read for SF fans.”

Pointer review

“[A] remarkable coming of age story….”

Starred review!

“[A] solid modern classic.”

—U.S. News & World Report

For The Lord of Opium

“Most young readers who loved The House of the Scorpion (2002) when it was first released are now adults, and today’s teen audience will need to read the first title in order to fully understand Farmer’s brilliantly realized world. The satisfying ending is left open enough to allow for further stories, and Farmer includes an appendix that links real people and places to the book. A stellar sequel worth the wait.”

Starred review!

“Matt discovers that good and evil are not always clear-cut as he struggles to gain control over an empire long ago corrupted. Readers of the first book will be able to fill in the background on all that Farmer implies, and will appreciate the continuing stories of familiar characters.”

—School Library Journal

 The Sea of Trolls

For The Sea of Trolls

“Should instantly be added to the list of those books which leave an indelible mark on the imagination… a hair-raising, spine-tingling, heart-stopping adventure which really does bear comparison to The Hobbit.”

—The Times

“Envelops the reader…a tale of high adventure and exploration that reads with unexpected sensitivity, warmth, and humor.”

—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
(Univ. of Illinois)
Starred review!

“A hugely entertaining story sure to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings.”

Starred review!

“Readers will want to sail through these nearly 500 pages to find out what happens to … Jack and his sister.”

—Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“Brilliantly marries historic details about life in… A.D. 793 with the magic of runes, trolls and bards.”

USA Today

“Engrossing…a most adroit fusion of the natural and supernatural worlds”

—Horn Book
Starred review!

The Sea of Trolls blends ancient history and Norse epics with recognizable bits of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. . . Her characters—even the mythical and animal ones—ache with longing and are overcome by bitterness and spite. Thus does Farmer shatter the museum glass of history and make her characters live and breathe. . . . The Sea of Trolls conveys, more vividly than any textbook, the Vikings’ storied fatalism, their devotion to heroic death and to a savage afterlife in Valhalla. Hearing the Northmen talk rapturously about the glories of being slaughtered in battle, the sensitive Jack can’t understand it, but the reader will.”

The New York Times


For The Land of Silver Apples

“As the middle volume of a planned trilogy set in eighth-century Britain, this takes its shape from the whole: It can stand on its own, but it mostly enlarges the world of the first volume. It’s not the quest itself that’s memorable, but the majestic sweep of Farmer’s storytelling, from the story of Lucifer and the battle of the angels to the Man in the Moon, the goddess Hel and any number of hobgoblins, yarthkins, knuckers and kelpies. Jack, Pega and Thorgil prove strong and capable in ways they themselves never suspected, and readers will look forward to the final installment.”

Starred review!

“Farmer draws on mythology, including legends and runes of the Picts, to add depth to her story, and her author’s note and sources add authenticity to the narrative. She builds on Jack’s adventures in The Sea of Trolls and at the same time creates a stand-alone novel, drawing readers into this complex world and leaving them looking forward to more.”

—School Library Journal
Starred review!

“Farmer beautifully balances pell-mell action and quieter thematic points, especially the drawbacks of immortality and the wild tangle of Christian and pagan traditions in eighth-century Britain. Like the druidic life force Jack taps, this hearty adventure, as personal as it is epic, will cradle readers in the “hollow of its hand.”

Starred review!

“This sequel to The Sea of Trolls lives up to the expectations set by the first novel….this fantasy is truly remarkable with the blending of the myths and ancient Christian tales.”


“In this entrancing sequel, Jack, now 13 and a bard-in-training, is forced to head out to rescue his little sister Lucy once more when she is kidnapped by the Lady of the Lake….Their Tolkienesque adventures, filled with magic, danger, and humor, will appeal to all fantasy fans who enjoyed the acclaimed first book.”


For The Islands of the Blessed

“It is Jack, with his grounded humanity and his search for a moral path, who forms the heart of this memorable tale, but the entirety of Farmer’s sweeping story will linger long after the intriguing conclusion.”

Starred review!

*”A long, beautifully written tale, expertly weaving together several story lines and informing readers new to the series of crucial plot points from the previous volumes. Even the appendix is fun, offering additional information and a link to a site where a Celtic war trumpet can be heard. Readers may well suspect—and hope—that a new series of Jack’s tales may be in the offing. ”

Starred review!

African Novels

For The Ear, the Eye and the Arm

“A marvelous odyssey…featuring a witty projection of the future, a score of vividly realized characters, and a nonstop adventure culminating in a denouement that’s at once taut, comic, and touching, Farmer has created a splendidly imaginative fantasy.”

Pointer review

The madcap game of chase and escape clips along as the author plies her playful, sly sense of humor on a wonderfully silly cast of secondary characters, spirits and Jetsonian gadgets. This tale overflows with wise insights, lessons and observations about the ties between heritage and family. Farmer is emerging as one of the best and brightest authors for the YA audience.

Publishers Weekly

“The Ear, The Eye and The Arm combines traditional African culture with science fiction technology for one unforgettable experience. If you’re looking for science fiction in a non-Western setting, or just good young adult science fiction generally, it can’t be beat.”

Amazing Stories

“The Ear, The Eye And The Arm is one of those books you finish and immediately want to call everyone you know to recommend.”

SF Site

“It is a story that will stick with you and beg to be read again.”

Teen Ink

“It combines an eye-opening study of a culture you may never have visited even in your readings with a gripping, mind-expanding tale of pure imagination. And it establishes Nancy Farmer, once again, as a builder of worlds with a gift for storytelling.”

For A Girl Named Disaster

“A gripping adventure, equally a survival story and a spiritual voyage…Nhamo is a stunning creation–while she serves as a fictional ambassador from a foreign culture, she is supremely human. An unforgettable work.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

 “…[H]umorous and heartwrenching, complex and multilayered, and the fortunate child who reads it will place Nhamo alongside Zia (Island of the Dolphins) and Julie (Julie of the Wolves). An engrossing and memorable saga.”

School Library Journal

“As rewarding, and as challenging, as The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm.”


“A dazzling choice for a parent-child book group, or to give to a reluctant reader, or to enjoy as a solitary pleasure when in need of something absorbing and magical to read.”

Paper Tigers


For A Warm Place

“Farmer confirms her place among the most inventive YA writers of the day with this rollicking tale…. Following in the grand tradition of Roald Dahl’s fantastical James and the Giant Peach, Farmer’s tale careens from one over-the-top situation to the next; laced with dry humor and populated by memorable characters, it is pure delight.”

—Publishers Weekly
Starred review!


For Do You Know Me

“An exaggerated splendidly comic tale enriched by profound undertones”

Pointer review

“Farmer is clearly a born storyteller–in this impressive first book she displays an astute ear for dialogue, a deft hand with plot twists and a keen, dry wit.  Tapiwa could be the girl next door; she is also a most interesting window on a culture seldom seen in children’s books.”

—Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

Picture Books

For Clever Ali

“This beautifully written story is a treat for the eyes and ears.”

—School Library Journal

“Forget all of Nancy Farmer’s honors. One only need read this slim story to realize she is a consummate writer…. and the whole is illustrated with wonderful thought and grace by Gail de Marcken’s lovely watercolor pictures and Arabic marginal notations. It is a beautiful book.”

—Children’s Literature

“De Marcken’s jewel-like watercolors adorned with Arabic calligraphy and mosaic patterns are well suited to this sweet and gently humorous tale.”


For Casey Jones’s Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb

“Farmer’s fully realized portrait of a little-known figure from African-American history will fascinate readers…. Children will want to proceed full steam ahead to the dramatic finale.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Children will relish this little-known piece of railroad lore, with its echoes of an epic battle being waged, and won.


“This is dramatic stuff and Bernardin’s vivid, painterly illustrations do it justice, with larger-than-life heroes, and the mythic Cannonball hurtling through the night landscape.”

School Library Journal

“Farmer eloquently interweaves history and myth into a suspenseful, engrossing drama, enhanced by well-developed characters, particularly Sim, an ordinary man challenged by extraordinary circumstances. Bernardin’s lush, vibrant paintings are lovely and mystical.”


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 The House of the Scorpion

The Hosue of the Scorpion (Atheneum, 2002)

  • National Book Award, 2002
  • Newbery Honor, 2003
  • Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, 2003
  • Buxtehuder Bulle, 2003 (Germany)
  • ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
  • IRA Young Adults’ Choices
  • Sequoyah Young Adult Award
  • Volunteer State Award, 2006
  • Arizona Young Readers Teen Award, 2005
  • South Carolina Junior Readers Award, 2005-2006
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee, 2004
  • Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006
  • Nevada Young Readers’ Award, 2005
  • Senior Young Readers’ Choice Award
  • Pacific Northwest Library Association, 2005
  • Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Association Award for Children’s Literature

The Lord of Opium (Atheneum, 2013)

The Sea of Trolls

The Sea of Trolls (Atheneum, 2004)

  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • ALA Notable Children’s Books
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Honor Book
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children’s Book Council)
  • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Judy Lopez Memorial Award Winner
  • Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Finalist
  • NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
  • NYPL “Books for the Teen Age”
  • PEN USA Literary Award Finalist
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • Washington Post Best Books
  • Westchester’s Choice

The Land of Silver Apples (Atheneum, 2006)

  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best
  • Emperor Norton Award 2007
  • Horn Book Fanfare

The Islands of the Blessed (Atheneum, 2009)

 African Novels

The Ear, the Eye and the Arm (Puffin, 1994)

  • Newbery Honor
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • Parent’s Choice 1994 Story Book Award
  • Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
  • Blue Ribbon Book, 1994
  • Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Honor
  • Hal Clement [Golden Duck] Award
  • Chinese (complex) rights to Muses Publishing***
  • Chinese (simplified) rights to Shanghai 99
  • Danish rights to Modtryk***
  • Korean rights to Salim
  • UK rights to Orion/Dolphin Books***

 A Girl Named Disaster (Puffin, 1996)

  • Newbery Honor
  • National Book Award Finalist
  • ALA Notable Book
  • ALA Best Book for Young Readers
  • IBBY honor list
  • Hungry Mind Review Books of Distinction
  • Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Association Award for Children’s Literature
  • Commonwealth Club of California Book Silver Medal
  • Horn Book fanfare book
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Top Ten
  • Parents’ Choice 1996 Story Book Award.
  • Chinese (complex) rights to Muses Publishing***
  • Danish rights to Klim***
  • Dutch rights to Lemniscaat***
  • French rights to l’Ecole des Loisirs***
  • German rights to Beltz & Gelberg***
  • Italian rights to Mondadori***
  • Korean rights to Tsai Fong***

 A Warm Place (Puffin, 1995)

  • Best Children’s Book, Zimbabwe International Book Fair, 1996

Do You Know Me (Puffin, 1995)

Picture Books

Clever Ali (Orchard Books)

  • Junior Library Guild Premier Selection
  • Book Links Lasting Connection of 2006
  • California Collections (Elementary), 2009.

Cassey Jones’s Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb (Dial, 1999)

Runnery Granery (Greenwillow, 1996)


***Three asterisks (***) placed after the record of a foreign territory sale indicate that those rights have expired and are available for purchase in that market for that title(s).***

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