James Roy (writer)

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James Roy (born in Trundle, New South Wales, 1968) is an Australian writer. He writes primarily for young adults and children, and in addition to his native Australia, his books are published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany and South Korea.

Roy's parents were Seventh-day Adventist missionaries to Papua New Guinea and Fiji. Roy has often said that growing up in such an environment was key to his development as a writer.

His first novel, Almost Wednesday, was published by University of Queensland Press in 1996, and since that time he has released more than twenty books, ranging from novels and short story collections to chapter books for young readers.

Roy is a hard working and popular visitor to schools and festivals throughout Australia, where he conducts author talks and creative writing workshops across a wide range of audiences.

He lives in the Blue Mountains with his wife and two daughters.


  • One Thousand Hills (2016)
  • City (2012)
  • Miss Understood (2012)
  • Edsel Grizzler: Ghostly Shadows (2011)
  • Edsel Grizzler: Rescue Mission (2010)
  • Anonymity Jones (2010)
  • Edsel Grizzler: Voyage to Verdada (2009)
  • Quentaris: The Gimlet Eye (2009)
  • Hunting Elephants (2008)
  • Queasy Rider (2008)
  • Town. Eine Stadt (2007)
  • Problem Child (2007) - published in the US as Max Quigley, Technically Not a Bully
  • Broken Wings (2006)
  • The 'S' Word - a boys' guide to sex, puberty and growing up (2006)
  • The Legend of Big Red (2005)
  • Billy Mack's War (2004)
  • Wrestlefest Fever (2003)
  • Ichabod Hart and the Lighthouse Mystery (2003)
  • A Boat for Bridget (2001)
  • Captain Mack (1999)
  • Full Moon Racing (1999)
  • Almost Wednesday (1996)



  1. ^ "Children's Book of the Year Awards". Children's Book Council of Australia. 2006-08-15. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-02-06.

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