John Reynolds Gardiner

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John Reynolds Gardiner
John R Gardiner an wife Gloria A Gardiner.png
BornDecember 6, 1944
Los Angeles, California
DiedMarch 4, 2006 (aged 61)
Anaheim, California
Alma materUCLA
GenreChildren's books

John Reynolds Gardiner (December 6, 1944 – March 4, 2006) was a writer best known for writing the book Stone Fox.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, California, he was a rebellious boy whose teachers believed he would never get anywhere in life. He earned a his master's degree from University of California, Los Angeles. He was an engineer before working on his first and best-known children's book, Stone Fox, which, at the time of his death in 2006, had sold four million copies.[1] Always creative, in his younger years he ran Num Num Novelties, home to such originals as the aquarium tie. He lived in West Germany, El Salvador, Mexico Italy, Ireland and Idaho where he heard a local legend that inspired Stone Fox. He took a special class on screenplay and wrote Stone Fox as movie but a producer told him to publish it into a novel.[1] Gardiner also edited children's stories for television. He lived out his final years with his wife, Gloria, in California and died of complications from pancreatitis in Anaheim, California.


  • Stone Fox ISBN 0-06-440132-4
  • Top Secret ISBN 0-316-30363-1
  • General Butterfingers ISBN 0-14-036355-6
  • How to Live a Life That's Not Boring ISBN 0-9753162-0-6
  • Stone Fox (1987 TV film) (book)


  1. ^ a b Brozan, Nadine (March 19, 2006). "John Reynolds Gardiner, 61, Author of Children's Books (obituary)". The New York Times. Retrieved June 7, 2010.

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