Tor Seidler

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Tor Seidler
Born1952[citation needed]
Littleton, New Hampshire
OccupationNovelist, short story writer
GenreChildren's literature
Notable worksA Rat's Tale
The Wainscott Weasel

Tor Seidler (born 1952 in Littleton, New Hampshire[1]) is an American author of children's literature. Many of his books feature anthropomorphic animals.[2] Mean Margaret was nominated for a National Book Award,[3] The Wainscott Weasel was named a Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association, and A Rat's Tale was named Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly.[4] In 1998, A Rat's Tale was adapted into a puppet film by Augsburger Puppenkiste and distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment.[5] 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios planned to adapt The Wainscott Weasel into a movie, which started development in 2003.[6] However, Fox shelved the concept in 2006.[7]

He studied literature at Stanford University.[8]

Published books[edit]

  • The Dulcimer Boy (1979)
  • Terpin (1982)
  • A Rat's Tale (1985)
  • The Tar Pit (1987)
  • Take a Good Look (1990)
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier (HarperCollins, 1992) – picture book illustrated by Fred Marcellino, retelling the 1838 fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, LCCN 92-52690
  • The Wainscott Weasel (1993)
  • Mean Margaret (1997)
  • The Silent Spinbills (1998)
  • The Revenge of Randal Reese-Rat (2001)
  • The Brothers Below Zero (2002)
  • Brain Boy and the Death Master (2003)
  • Toes (2006)
  • Gully's Travels (Scholastic, 2008), OCLC 192081861
  • Firstborn (2015)


  1. ^ Neal Stephenson. "Tor Seidler". Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  2. ^ Neal Stephenson. "Tor Seidler". Retrieved 2015-11-16. "Interview", evidently a linked PDF file that is not available 2015-11-16.
  3. ^ Jean Westmoore (December 7, 1997). "Worthwhile Additions to a Young Reader's Library". The Buffalo News. Archive copy at HighBeam Research available by subscription only. Opening fragment does not mention Seidler 2015-11-16.
  4. ^ "Tor Seidler". Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  5. ^ Leonard Klady (March 19, 1998). "A Rat's Tale". Variety ( Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  6. ^ "'Ice Age' Makers To Produce 'Wainscott Weasel'". KillerMovies. November 22, 2003.
  7. ^ Ryan Ball (August 23, 2006). "Fox Falls for Joyce's Leaf Men". Animation Magazine ( Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  8. ^ "Clients: Tor Seidler". Gillian MacKenzie Agency. Retrieved 2015-11-16.

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