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Quebec_PhilipPhilip Roy was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He studied music and history before choosing a career in writing. His love for the ocean, enjoyment of travelling, and fascination for submarines has led to the creation of the Submarine Outlaw series (SOS). These are tales of high adventure on the seas and waterways of the world, but also involve mythology, geography, ecology, invention and an embracing love of people, places, animals and things. The Submarine Outlaw series details the adventures of a young submariner, Alfred Pynsent, and his quirky crew of a dog and a seagull, as they circumnavigate the world. Although Al starts out as an explorer, he is becoming an active environmentalist in the course of his travels. The series includes the following eight books: Submarine Outlaw, Journey to AtlantisRiver OdysseyGhosts of the Pacific, Outlaw in India,  Seas of South Africa, Eco Warrior and Stealth of the Ninja (Ronsdale Press). Philip’s ninth novel in the Submarine Outlaw series, Guardians of the Sea, is set on the west coast of Canada, and will be published in the fall of 2021. Meanwhile, Submarine Outlaw, (book 1 in the Submarine Outlaw series), has recently been translated into French as Un rebelle en sous-marin, and the second book in the series, Journey to Atlantis, will be translated into French as L’île perdue d’Atlantide in the fall of 2020.

Philip has also published two works of historical fiction, Blood Brothers in Louisbourg  and Me & Mr. Bell (Nimbus Publishing)Blood Brothers in Louisbourg focuses on the story of two adolescent brothers, one of French origins, and the other of Mik’maw and French descent, as they face the siege of Louisbourg in 1745. Selected for the long list of First Nation Communities Read, Blood Brothers in Louisbourg has also been translated into French by Christian Roy, (no relation to Philip), as Frères de sang à Louisbourg (Les Éditions Perce-Neige)Frères de sang à Louisbourg was nominated for the Communication-Jeunesse list for 2014-2015.  Me & Mr. Bell, (nominated for four major awards: the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the Silver Birch Award in the Forest of Reading, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award), is about a ten-year-old boy struggling with dyslexia who befriends Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller in 1908 (Nimbus Publishing). Philip has also written a Middle Reader, The Kingdom of No WorriesThe Kingdom of No Worries is a novel about 3 boys from the GTA who create their own country in the middle of a municipal river one hot summer.

In addition to novels for “young people of all ages,” Philip has also written 30 stories in the Happy the Pocket Mouse picture book series thus far, and his first four books in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, (illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara), are Mouse Tales, Jellybean Mouse, Mouse Pet  and  Mouse Vacation. Each of these books have been translated into French as Les contes de Youpi, Youpi et ses bonbons, Un ami pour Youpi and Youpi en vacances respectively, (Ronsdale Press). When Philip is not travelling and visiting schools, he and his family live in Brockville, Ontario, where he continues to write novels and compose music.

Awards and Nominations:

Red Cedar Book Award Nominee 2017

Communication-Jeunesse Nominee 2014-2015

Moonbeam Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction 2015

Silver Birch Award in the Forest of Reading Nominee (OLA) 2015

Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award Nominee 2014

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Nominee (CCBC) 2014

Selected for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens 2008, 2010-2014

Short-listed: Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014-2015

Long-listed: First Nation Communities Read 2013-2014

Resource Links: “The Year’s Best 2013.”

Runner-Up: New England Book Festival 2012

Runner-Up: Green Book Festival (San Francisco) 2012

Red Maple Award in the Forest of Reading Nominee (OLA) 2010

Silver Medal: ForeWord’s Best Book of the Year Award 2009

Langley Book of the Year Award Nominee 2009

Short-listed: Ann Connor Brimer Award 2009

Short-listed: Diamond Willow Award 2009

Short-listed: Rocky Mountain Book Award 2009

First Prize: Atlantic Writing Competition 2007

Literary Festivals and More:

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (Eden Mills, Ontario)

The Frye Festival (Greater Moncton, New Brunswick)

The Page Turner Project (CBC Radio and Cape Breton University Press)

Telling Tales Festival (Rockton, Ontario)

Festival of Trees (Toronto, Ontario)

Lit Live Reading Series (Hamilton, Ontario)

Hackmatack Awards Ceremony (Atlantic Canada)

Word on the Street (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Read by the Sea (River John, Nova Scotia)

Visits to schools and libraries throughout Canada


Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)

To contact Philip’s publicist, please e-mail Leila at, or call 613-499-9485.

Philip's agent, Leila.

Philip’s publicist, Leila.