Submarine Outlaw Video

Learn more about Philip’s books, and see Philip with one of  his submarines in this youtube video: Submarine Outlaw.


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Reviews of Seas of South Africa


image001Seas of South Africa was selected by Resource Links for their list of  The Year’s Best 2013.”



Canadian Children's Book CentreSeas of South Africa was also chosen by the  The Canadian Children’s Book Centre  for their list of  “Best Books for Kids and Teens.”



seasofsouthafrica+framedRead Helen Kubiw’s review of Seas of South Africa  in CanLit for Little Canadians. Here are some excerpts from the review:

“Philip Roy….lulls the reader into calm with the beauty of his words….[t]hen…plunges you into heart-stopping tension….In Seas of South Africa, Philip Roy goes beyond the adventure story…and the history…[and]….demonstrates with subtlety that perspective can alter and justify interpretations of the same circumstances….”


cmtopAnd here’s an excerpt from Kim Aippersbach’s review of  Seas of South Africa  in CM Magazine:

“Seas of South Africa is the darkest episode yet…Roy’s descriptions are particularly vivid, and he brings many contrasting faces of Africa to life: beauty and squalor, desolation and human industry, majestic wilderness and treacherous seas. Seas of South Africa could easily be used in a high school Social Studies class….It can be read as a stand-alone, [and the]…series as a whole traces a compelling character arc. Anyone who has been following Alfred around the world won’t want to miss his adventures in Africa. Highly Recommended.”

image001In Volume 19, no. 2 of Resource Links, Carolyn Chung writes:

“Seas of South Africa is an exciting and fast-paced story from beginning to end. With a lively yet straightforward writing style….[and] thrilling action….[it is] a fun and interesting read….a fantastic and educational book in an exciting series that would appeal to a wide range of readers….”

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Reviews of Mouse Tales

Mouse Tales Cover copyIn the latest review of Mouse Tales from Library Services: Pause & Read, Lynn W. writes:

“What a gem this picture book is!…Tender, yet comical, [Mouse Tales is a] blend of well-known bedtime stories [and] the cutest illustrations…a truly enjoyable read. A great Canadian picture book to add to the elementary library collection for readers of all ages.”

To read the full review, click on this link.


In CanLit for Little Canadians, Helen Kubiw wrote the following about Mouse Tales:

“…brisk, endearing and expressive…the right mix of sweetness and reality…the collaboration between Philip Roy and Andrea Torrey Balsara is marked for great success.”

To read the full review, click here.


cmtopHere’s an excerpt from Amber Allen’s review of  Mouse Tales  in CM Magazine:

Mouse Tales, the first volume in the “Happy the Pocket Mouse” series, is a very funny book for children. The interaction between John, the human, and Happy, the mouse, comes to life while offering a humourous take on classic fairy tales and the bedtime routine. Andrea Torrey Balsara’s full-page illustrations help to expand and embellish the story by offering clues only hinted at in the text. The colour palette is perfect, using beautiful blues, greens, and purples to represent the time of night. She also conveys myriad emotions on Happy’s face, giving visual cues to the tone of the dialogue. Mouse Tales is a fun read for bedtime.”


In Recently Read, Karen Upper wrote the following about Mouse Tales:

“Skillfully written…a heartfelt story…enhanced by the vibrant, colourful and expressive illustrations of Andrea Torrey Balsara. This story is destined to become a beloved book, begged to be read aloud, over and over again! Highly Recommended!”

To read the review in its entirety, click here.


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Reviews of Me & Mr. Bell


CLA_logoMe & Mr. Bell  was nominated by the Canadian Library Association for the 2014 Book  of  the  Year  for  Children Award. Chosen as one of their top 10 picks for 2014, you can find the full announcement here:


image001Me & Mr. Bell   was also chosen by Resource Links  for their list of  The Year’s Best 2013.



 Me & Mr. Bell  has also been shortlisted for the 2014-2015 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award. For more information about the nomination, visit:



Bilson-Winner-Seal_0.multi+column+format Canadian Children's Book CentreThe Canadian Children’s Book Centre also selected  Me & Mr. Bell  for their list of “Best Books for Kids and Teens.” And yes, there’s even more good news about Me & Mr. Bell ! Me & Mr. Bell  has been nominated by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. For more information about the nomination, visit: The winner will be announced at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards in Toronto on November 6th, 2014.


Be sure to also check out Helen Kubiw’s review of Me & Mr. Bell  in CanLit for Little Canadians by clicking on this link. Ms. Kubiw writes:

“For teachers…looking for great historical fiction…I would enthusiastically recommend Me & Mr. Bell. Me & Mr. Bell has it all…Perfect package for everyone!”


cmtopRead this review of Me & Mr. Bell  in CM Magazine. Here’s an excerpt:

“Me & Mr. Bell would be a great addition to a classroom library and history lesson. Roy has created a fantastic story….The story is inspirational and leaves an impression that will not be soon forgotten: trust in your own abilities, and you will go far. Highly Recommended.”


NASHWAAKCOVER13web_Page_1In Volume 30 of The Nashwaak Review, Trevor Sawler writes that Me & Mr. Bell  is:

“both eminently readable and decidedly memorable.”

To read the review in its entirety, click here.



Elizabeth Varadan wrote a review of Me & Mr. Bell for The Children’s Book Review. Here’s an excerpt:

“This is a wonderful read, chockfull of history, math, and science, without ever being dull.”

To read the full review, visit this link.


image001In Resource Links  Carolyn Cutt writes:

“This inspiring and fast-paced novel should capture the interest of young readers….It should provide excellent stimulus for classroom discussion and should be a popular addition to an elementary school library collection.”

There are also 2 respective reviews of  Me & Mr. Bell  in Atlantic Books Today  and The Casket. Click here for the review in Atlantic Books TodayClick here for the review in The Casket.



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