Jonathan Stroud

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Jonathan Stroud
Stroud at the Gothenburg Book Fair in 2016
Stroud at the Gothenburg Book Fair in 2016
Born (1970-10-27) 27 October 1970 (age 51)
Bedford, England
OccupationWriter
NationalityBritish
Period1999–present
GenreChildren's fantasy
Website
www.jonathanstroud.com

Jonathan Anthony Stroud (born 27 October 1970) is a British writer of fantasy fiction, best known for the Bartimaeus young adult sequence and Lockwood & Co. children's series. His books are typically set in an alternate history London with fantasy elements, and have received note for his satire, and use of magic to reflect themes of class struggle. The Bartimaeus sequence is the recipient of the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire and Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards. Stroud's works have also been featured on ALA Notable lists of books for children and young adults. In 2020, Netflix announced a TV series based on Lockwood & Co., with filming initiated in July 2021.

Biography[edit]

Born in 1970 in Bedford, England, Stroud began to write stories at a very young age.[1] He grew up in St Albans where he attended Wheatfields Junior School and St Albans Boys' School.[2] He enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. He attributes his love of reading and writing to being ill between the ages of seven and nine. To escape boredom, he would occupy himself with books and stories.[3] After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.[3]

Among his works are the best-selling[4] Bartimaeus Trilogy, which has received note for its satire and use of magic to explore themes of class struggle. By narrating the story from the perspective of Bartimaeus, a sarcastic and slightly egomaniacal djinni, Stroud examines the stereotypes and ethics of the magician class and the enslaved demons.[5][6] The books in this series, his first to be published in the United States, are The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, Ptolemy's Gate, and prequel The Ring of Solomon.

In 2013, Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase was released, and achieved critical acclaim, with Rick Riordan calling Stroud a "genius".[7] The second book, The Whispering Skull, was released in September 2014. A third novel, titled The Hollow Boy, was announced through a competition orchestrated by Stroud, asking readers to send in an idea for a ghost to feature in the third story.[8] The fourth book, The Creeping Shadow, was published in 2016, and the last book in the series, The Empty Grave, was published in 2017.[9]

In late 2020, Netflix announced that Stroud's Lockwood & Co. series would be made into a television show produced by Nira Park, Rachael Prior, and Joe Cornish.[10] Filming began in July 2021 in London.[11]

Stroud lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with his three children and his wife Gina,[12] an illustrator of children's books.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

Bartimaeus sequence[edit]

Book Year Award Name Award Body Result Ref.
The Amulet of Samarkand 2004 Best Books for Young Adults American Library Association Top Ten [13]
2004 Notable Children's Books American Library Association Won [14]
2004 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award The Boston Globe and The Horn Book Magazine Honor book [15]
2004 Locus Award (YA) Locus Nominated [16]
2004 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults American Library Association Won [17]
2005 Nevada Young Readers' Award (YA) Nevada Library Association Nominated [18]
2005 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Jugendbuch Nominated [19]
2006 Evergreen Teen Book Award Washington Young Adult Review Group Nominated [20]
2006 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Georgia Library Association Nominated [21]
2007 Indian Paintbrush Book Award (Grades 4-6) Wyoming Library Association Nominated [22]
The Golem's Eye 2005 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults American Library Association Won [23]
2005 Best Books for Young Adults American Library Association Won [24]
2005 Locus Award (YA) Locus Nominated [16]
2007 Colorado Blue Spruce Award (YA) Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Awards Nominated [25]
Ptolemy's Gate 2006 Cybils Award (Speculative Fiction) Cybils Awards Won [26]
2006 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel Locus Nominated [16]
2006 Corine International Book Prize Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Won [27]
2007 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults American Library Association Won [28]
2007 Notable Children's Recordings American Library Association Won [29]
Bartimaeus trilogy (books 1–3) 2006 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature Mythopoeic Society Won [30]
2007 Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire (Youth Novel) Utopiales Won [31]
The Ring of Solomon 2010 Costa Children's Book Award Costa Coffee Nominated [32]
2010 Der Leserpreis (The Reader's Award) Lovelybooks.de Shortlisted [33]
2012 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults American Library Association Won [34]

Lockwood & Co.[edit]

Book Year Award Name Award Body Result Ref.
The Screaming Staircase 2013 Cybils Award (Speculative Fiction) Cybils Awards Won [35]
2013 Goodreads Choice Award (Middle Grade & Children's) Goodreads Nominated [36]
2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Los Angeles Times Finalist [37][38]
2014 Edgar Awards (Best Juvenile) Mystery Writers of America Nominated [39]
2014 WeRead Prize Jewish Community Secondary School Won [40]
2014 Booktrust Best Book Awards (9-11 Best Story) BookTrust and Amazon Kindle Shortlisted [41]
2014 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominated [42]
2014 Carnegie Medal CILIP Nominated [43]
2014 Worcestershire Teen Book Award Worcestershire Public Libraries Shortlisted [44]
2014 Silver Inky Award Inside a Dog Shortlisted [45]
2015 Sakura Medal International Librarians of Japan Nominated
2015 Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards Stratford Girls' Grammar School Won [46]
2015 Coventry Inspiration Book Awards Coventry City Council Shortlisted
2015 UKYA Blogger Awards UKYA Blogger Awards Nominated [47]
2015 The Weald Book Award The Weald School Shortlisted [48]
2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults American Library Association Won [49]
2016 Beehive Book Awards (Young Adult Fiction) Children's Literature Association of Utah Nominated [50]
2016 Nevada Young Readers' Award (Intermediate) Nevada Library Association Won [51]
2016 Sasquatch Award Washington Library Association Nominated [52]
2017 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Rebecca Caudhill Nominated [53]
The Whispering Soul 2014 Goodreads Choice Award (Middle Grade & Children's) Goodreads Nominated [54]
2015 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults American Library Association Top 30 [55]
The Hollow Boy 2015 Goodreads Choice Award (Middle Grade & Children's) Goodreads Nominated [56]
The Creeping Shadow 2016 Goodreads Choice Award (Middle Grade & Children's) Goodreads Nominated [57]
The Empty Grave 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (Middle Grade & Children's) Goodreads Nominated [58]
2017 Booklist Editor's Choice for Youth Booklist Won [59]
2019 Carnegie Medal CILIP Nominated [60]

Other works[edit]

Book Year Award Name Award Body Result Ref.
Heroes of the Valley 2009 Premio El Templo de las Mil Puertas for Mejor novela extranjera independiente Nominated [61]
2010 Locus Award (YA) Locus Nominated [16]
2010 Best Books for Young Adults American Library Association Won [62]
2010 Carnegie Medal in Literature CILIP Nominated
2011 Premio El Templo de las Mil Puertas for Mejor novela extranjera perteneciente a saga Nominated [63]

Bibliography[edit]

Fiction (Solo)[edit]

Children's literature[edit]

TitlePublisherDateGenreLengthISBN
The Viking Saga of Harri BristlebeardWalker Books1 September 1997Children's fiction, puzzle book32 pages (hardcover)ISBN 978-0-7636-0270-3
The Hare and the TortoiseWalker Books5 October 1998Children's fiction, sticker bookn/aISBN 978-1-4063-0295-0
Walking Through the JungleWalker Books1 January 1998Children's fiction, sticker bookn/aISBN 978-1-4063-0300-1
Little Red CarWalker Books2 August 1999Children's fiction15 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-7445-2951-7
Alfie's Big AdventureWalker Books2 August 1999Children's fiction14 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-7445-2948-7
Little Spike and Long TailWalker Books3 January 2000Children's literature, puzzle bookn/aISBN 978-0-7445-2964-7
Goldilocks and the Three BearsWalker Books2000Children's literature, puzzle book15 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-7445-6554-6
The LeapRed Fox1 January 2001Children's literature192 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-09-940285-5
The Lost Treasure of Captain BloodWalker Books1 January 2006Children's literature, puzzle book32 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-1-84428-767-3

Novella[edit]

TitlePublisherDateGenreLengthISBN
The Ghost of Shadow VailBarrington Stoke1 January 2009Teen and YA, fantasy64 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-84299-705-5

Teen and YA[edit]

TitlePublisherDateGenreLengthISBN
Buried FireGardners Books3 April 2003Teen and YA, science fiction/fantasy304 (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-552-54933-2
The Last SiegeGardners Books31 January 2004Teen and YA261 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-552-55146-5
Heroes of the ValleyHyperion Books29 January 2009Teen & YA, fantasy496 pages (UK hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4231-0966-2

Heroes of the Valley was featured on the VOYA Magazine's Perfect Tens list in 2009.[64]

Non-fiction[edit]

TitlePublisherDateGenreLengthISBN
Justin Credible's Word Play WorldWalker Books1994Puzzle bookn/aISBN 0-00-000000-0
Ancient Rome: A Guide to the Glory of Imperial RomeKingfisher15 April 2000Children's history book30 pages (UK hardcover)ISBN 978-0-7534-5235-6
Life and Times in Ancient RomeKingfisher3 September 2007Children's history book30 pages (UK hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4352-7505-8

Fiction (YA series)[edit]

Bartimaeus Sequence[edit]

No.TitlePublisherDateLengthISBN
1The Amulet of SamarkandDoubleday1 October 2003272 pages (UK hardcover)ISBN 978-0-385-60599-1
2The Golem's EyeGardners Books30 September 2004259 pages (UK hardcover)ISBN 978-0-385-60615-8
3Ptolemy's GateDoubleday1 January 2005528 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-385-60868-8
4The Ring of SolomonDoubleday14 October 2010528 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-385-61915-8

The Amulet of Samarkand given a starred review by Booklist and Publishers Weekly in 2003, recommended on Texas Lone Star's YA reading list (2005), and given commendation for Great Graphic Novels for Teens (2011).[65]

Lockwood & Co.[edit]

No.TitlePublisherDateLengthISBN
1The Screaming StaircaseCorgi Books3 July 2014480 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-552-56678-0
2The Whispering SkullCorgi Books25 February 2015496 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-552-56805-0
2.5The Dagger in the DeskPenguin Books9 February 201535 pages (Penguin eBook)ISBN 978-1-4481-9694-4
3The Hollow BoyCorgi Books24 September 2015448 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-552-57314-6
4The Creeping ShadowCorgi Books15 September 2016560 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-552-57315-3
5The Empty GraveCorgi Books21 September 2017560 pages (UK paperback)ISBN 978-0-552-57579-9

The Screaming Staircase has been recommended by Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (audiobook) and Children and Teens (ten to fourteen) (2014); Texas Lone Star Reading List (2014); Cooperative Children's Book Center (2014); Look! Hoo's Reading (2014), and Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults (2014).[66][67] The Whispering Skull was selected by the CCBC Choices (2015) and the Junior Library Guild (2015) and was given a starred review by Booklist (2014), Kirkus (2014), and School Library Journal (2014).[68] The Hollow Boy was selected by the CCBC Choices (2016) and the Junior Library Guild (2016) and was given a starred review by Booklist (2015) and School Library Journal (2015).[69] The Creeping Shadow was given a starred review by Booklist (2016) and was selected by the Junior Library Guild as their mystery/adventure novel of 2017.[70] The Empty Grave was given a starred review by Booklist in 2017.[71]

The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne[edit]

No.TitlePublisherDateLengthISBN
1The Outlaws Scarlett and BrowneWalker Books1 April 2021432 pages (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4063-9481-8

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