Whitney Gardner

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Whitney Gardner
ResidenceVictoria, British Columbia
Occupationauthor, illustrator

Whitney Gardner is an author and illustrator from Victoria, British Columbia.[1] Her graphic novel You're Welcome Universe, which has an Indian, Deaf protagonist, was the winner of the 2018 Schneider Family Book Award. Her novel Chaotic Good was nominated for a 2019 White Pine Award.[2][3] Gardner is represented by Brent Taylor and shared the query letter she wrote to get You're Welcome Universe published where she described it as "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Exit Through the Gift Shop".[4] Her first graphic novel Fake Blood received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was called "a dazzling debut".[5]

Personal life[edit]

Gardner grew up in New York. She has a BFA from SUNY Purchase in graphic design and worked as an art teacher and school librarian in the Bronx before moving to Portland, Oregon and then settling in Canada.[6][7][8] She is married and she and her husband have two pugs named Gouda and Fig.[9] She plays ukulele.[1]


  • You're Welcome, Universe (2017)
  • Chaotic Good (2018)
  • Fake Blood (2018)


  1. ^ a b "Whitney Gardner". Teenreads. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  2. ^ "Awards & Grants". Schneider Family Book Award. 2018-12-01. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  3. ^ "Interview with Whitney Gardner about You're Welcome, Universe". Disability in Kidlit. 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  4. ^ Frees, Chris (2017-02-01). "Successful Query: Whitney Gardner & You're Welcome, Universe". WritersDigest.com. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  5. ^ "FAKE BLOOD by Whitney Gardner , Whitney Gardner". Kirkus Reviews. 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  6. ^ Gardner, Whitney. "Whitney Gardner on about.me". about.me. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  7. ^ Stauffer, Jessica (2017-03-16). "An Indies Introduce Q&A With Whitney Gardner". the American Booksellers Association. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  8. ^ "Learn to Draw with Whitney Gardner, Author-Illustrator of Fake Blood : The Childrens Book Review". The Children's Book Review, Book and Ebook Reviews of the Best Kids' Books. 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  9. ^ Gardner, Whitney (2018). Fake blood. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. p. 336. ISBN 1-4814-9556-9. OCLC 1019837453.

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