Nancy Farmer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Nancy Farmer (author))
Nancy Farmer
Born1941 (age 82–83)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationReed College (BA)
GenreChildren's literature, young adult literature, fantasy and science fiction
Notable worksThe Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
A Girl Named Disaster
The House of the Scorpion
Sea of Trolls series
Notable awardsNational Book Award
Buxtehuder Bulle
Newbery Honor
1995, 1997, 2003
SpouseHarold Farmer

Nancy Farmer (born 1941) is an American writer of children's and young adult books and science fiction. She has written three Newbery Honor Books[1] and won the U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature for The House of the Scorpion, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2002.[2]


Farmer was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her B.A. at Reed College (1963) and later studied chemistry and entomology at the University of California, Berkeley.[3] She enlisted in the Peace Corps (1963–1965), and subsequently worked in Mozambique and Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), where she studied biological methods of controlling the tsetse fly between 1975 and 1978.[3]

She met her future husband, Harold Farmer, at the University of Rhodesia (now the University of Zimbabwe). They married after a week-long courtship. As of 2010, Farmer lives in Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains with her husband. They have one son, Daniel.[4]



The Sea of Trolls trilogy[edit]

Picture books[edit]

  • Runnery Granary, illus. Jos. A. Smith (Greenwillow Books, 1996) – A Mystery Must Be Solved—Or the Grain is Lost!
  • Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb, illus. James Bernardin (New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books, 1999)
  • Clever Ali, illus. Gail De Marcken (Orchard, 2006)

Short stories[edit]


"The Mirror" (1987)

The Ear, the Eye and the Arm (1994)

A Girl Named Disaster (1996)

The House of the Scorpion (2002)

The Land of the Silver Apples (2007)

  • 2007, Emperor Norton Award ("extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason")[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". Association for Library Service to Children. (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  2. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 2002". National Book Foundation (NBF). Retrieved 2012-01-26.
    (With acceptance speech by Farmer and introduction by panelist Han Nolan, who remarked: "this year perhaps more than any other year obliterated any boundaries left between the young adult and adult novel.")
  3. ^ a b Farmer, "Bio" (no date).
  4. ^ Farmer, "Moving" (June 17, 2010).
  5. ^ "The eye, the ear, and the arm" (1989 printing). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2013-11-23. Catalog records show The Eye ..., 1989, 160 pages; The Ear ..., 1994, 311 pages.
  6. ^ Farmer, "Home" (2013).
  7. ^ a b c d "Nancy Farmer". Science Fiction Awards Database ( Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
  8. ^ "National Book Awards – 1996". NBF. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  • Farmer. Nancy Farmer's official home page ( 2008–present. Retrieved 2013-11-23.

External links[edit]