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Philip’s books can be ordered in all kinds of ways, (and you can even purchase signed copies directly through us.) Please see the bottom of this page for all of your options, and happy reading to all! 🙂

 

The Submarine Outlaw Series (Books 1-7):

Book 1: Submarine Outlaw. Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-55380-058-3. e-Book ISBN: 9781553801450.

Submarine Outlaw takes young-adult readers on a unique journey when Alfred, a young boy who wants to be an explorer – not a fisherman, as his family demands – teams up with a junkyard genius to build a submarine that he sails around the Maritimes. When the submarine is mistaken for a Russian spy sub and chased by the coastguard, a thrilling high-seas chase ensues. The first prize winner of the Atlantic Writers Competition, Submarine Outlaw shows how any great goal in life requires patience, determination and hard work, but also how hard work on one’s dream can be a joyous and valuable experience.

To read the first chapter of Submarine Outlaw, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/submarine_outlaw_book_1

*Nominated for the Red Maple, Diamond Willow, Rocky Mountain, Ann Connor Brimer and Langley Boy Awards. First Prize in the Atlantic Writers’ Competition, Silver Medal for ForeWord’s Book of the Year, Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

To order signed copies of Submarine Outlaw  (Book 1), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Book 2:  Journey to Atlantis. Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-55380-076-7. e-Book ISBN: 9781553800743.

In this sequel to his best-selling novel Submarine Outlaw from 2008, Alfred, the intrepid young submarine outlaw, once again sets out to sea in his homemade submarine. In Journey to Atlantis, Alfred and his crew, (his dog Hollie and his second mate the seagull Seaweed), sail across the Atlantic and enter the Mediterranean in search of the fabled lost island of Atlantis. Alfred must be both practical and trust his premonitions on many occasions to stay safe on this ambitious and far-reaching adventure. From a daring rescue of drowning fishermen to becoming involved in a skirmish between Canadian coastguard ships and Spanish fishing trawlers, from escaping an exploding WWII sea mine to colliding with a partially submerged container filled with toys, from turning the chase on bumbling pirates to an unscheduled camel trek into the desert, Alfred’s submarine voyage brings him closer and closer to the legendary island until one moonless night he finds himself a little too close for comfort.

To read the first chapter of Journey to Atlantis, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/journey_to_atlantis_book_2

*Nominated for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award.

To order signed copies of Journey to Atlantis  (Book 2), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Book 3: River Odyssey. Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-55380-105-4. e-Book ISBN: 978-1-55380-117-7.

In the third volume of the Submarine Outlaw series, River Odyssey, Alfred sets off in his submarine up the dark and willful St. Lawrence River. With Hollie and Seaweed, his dog and seagull crew, Alfred follows the route of Jacques Cartier, nearly five hundred years before them, as they sail down the Strait of Belle Isle into the largest river mouth in the world. But the St. Lawrence is a treacherous river, concealing many dangers beneath its surface, not least of all the cursed and ghostly Empress of Ireland, a sunken ocean-liner that has claimed the lives of over a thousand people and that reaches up to entangle the sub as they pass. Alfred must sail to Montreal to confront the man who abandoned him at birth — his father. Only then will he escape the unfinished business that haunts him. But is the quest worth the danger? And why is Alfred plagued with bad luck? Is someone, or something, trying to turn him back?

To read the first chapter of River Odyssey, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/river_odyssey_book_3

*Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

To order signed copies of River Odyssey  (Book 3), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.


 

Book 4: Ghosts of the PacificRonsdale Press, Vancouver, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-55380-130-6. e-Book ISBN: 978-1-55380-136-8.

Ghosts of the Pacific, the fourth volume in the best-selling Submarine Outlaw series, begins with Alfred and his crew of Seaweed the seagull and Hollie the dog undertaking a harrowing journey through the icy gauntlet of the Northwest Passage on the way to the South Pacific. Alfred wants to see those dark places of the earth where horrendous events have taken place. He sets his sights on exotic Micronesia—a beautiful place, but home to the nuclear testing of Bikini Lagoon; the Suicide Cliffs of Saipan; the airfields of Tinian, where the Enola Gay lifted off with the atomic bomb; and the Marshall Islands, which may conceal secrets to the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s final days. Yet even with these past tragedies in mind, Alfred discovers that the world is facing an even greater threat today. As they sail into the hot, hazy world of the Pacific, they encounter the ruthless killing practices of shrimp trawlers and an island of plastic the size of Texas. Along the way, Alfred, Hollie and Seaweed befriend the crew of an environmental protection ship, who help to inspire him to take on a new goal: to protect the oceans of the world.

To read the first chapter of Ghosts of the Pacific, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/ghosts_of_the_pacific_book_4

*Nominated for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Runner-Up for the Green Book and New England Book Festival Awards.

To order signed copies of Ghosts of the Pacific  (Book 4), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.


 

Book 5: Outlaw in India, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2012. ISBN: 978-1553801771. e-Book ISBN: 978-1-55380-178-8.

Outlaw in IndiaIn Outlaw in India, the fifth volume in the best-selling Submarine Outlaw series, Alfred and his crew of Seaweed the seagull and Hollie the dog begin their exploration of India with a piece of bad luck when they surface behind a frigate and bring the wrath of the Indian navy down upon them. After a near fatal encounter off Kochi, Alfred befriends a ten-year-old homeless and illiterate but highly intelligent boy, and is given the chance to explore the changing face of India through the eyes of one of its “Untouchables.” Discovering India to be an ancient land filled with extremes of beauty, wealth, tradition and danger, Alfred is tricked into making an overland pilgrimage to Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest cities. Along the journey he witnesses practices which deny human equality and dignity, but also happy events that celebrate the spirit of new beginnings, as personified in Ganesh, the Hindu god with four arms and the head of an elephant. Alfred cannot help falling in love with India, the most beautiful place he has ever seen. And for the first time, he leaves a part of himself behind.

To read the first chapter of Outlaw in India, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/outlaw_in_india_book_5

*Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

To order signed copies of Outlaw in India  (Book 5), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Book 6: Seas of South Africa, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2013. ISBN: 978-1553802471. e-Book ISBN: 9781553802488.

Seas of South Africa Cover - finalIn Seas of South Africa, the sixth volume in the best-selling Submarine Outlaw series, it has been over two years since the young explorer first set sail in his own submarine, with his dog and seagull crew. Now, almost seventeen, Alfred is on the cusp of switching from exploring the world to playing an active environmentalist role in protecting the sea that he loves so dearly. Brought into conflict with the pirate scourge that plagues Africa’s eastern shores, Alfred takes action against them, only to bring them into tireless pursuit of him. Escaping overland to Johannesburg, with a reckless young inventor from Soweto, Alfred discovers that the violence which taints the shores of the continent is deeply embedded in the life of South African society, so recently freed from apartheid. Despairing at the cruelty inflicted upon his friend, Alfred learns that the antidote to violence is not more violence, but the strength of one’s heart and an indomitable determination to improve the world, as exemplified in the life of Nelson Mandela. Armed with new inspiration, Alfred is ready to become the eco-warrior he was destined to be.

To read the first chapter of Seas of South Africa, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/seas_of_south_africa_book_6_chapter

*Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and Resource Links‘ “Best of the Year 2013.”

To order signed copies of Seas of South Africa  (Book 6), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Book 7: Eco Warrior, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2015. ISBN: 978-1553803478. e-Book ISBN: (ePub & MOBI): 978-1-55380-348-5. Kindle ASIN: B00R1Z9DKK. Web PDF: 978-1-897009-349-2.

EcoWarrior_CoverIn the seventh volume of the Submarine Outlaw series, Alfred takes his homemade submarine into the Southern Ocean to thwart the actions of the Japanese whalers. In Australia, he is mistakenly accused of sabotaging an oil tanker, forcing him to escape to Tasmania. There he meets up with Merwin Hughes, an eccentric environmentalist, and together they travel south. They are followed along the way by a friendly blue whale and her calf, and a bond is established. Soon after, they encounter a tanker on its way to illegally refuel the whalers’ ships. When Captain Paul Watson arrives aboard the Sea Shepherd Society’s flagship, the Steve Irwin, to stop the whalers, Al must first try to save the mother and calf even as he helps Watson fight off the whalers. Al learns that the war to save the planet is being waged by dedicated individuals, each contributing in his or her own way, and that every action, large or small, matters greatly.

To read the first chapter of Eco Warrior, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/eco_warrior_book_7.docx

*Winner of the Silver Medal for the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Young Adult Fiction (2015).

To order  signed copies of Eco Warrior,  (Book 7), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks, and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Historical Novels:

Blood Brothers in Louisbourg, Cape Breton University Press, Sydney, 2012. ISBN: 978-1897009727. e-Book ISBN: 978-1-897009-91-8. MOBI: 978-1-897009-92-95.

As the son of an officer, Jacques was expected to pursue a career in the military. In the spring of 1744, at the age of fifteen, Jacques and his father leave France for Louisbourg, the French capital of Île Royale, where Jacques would learn the military arts – a far cry from his books and music and the comforts of his mother’s home. In the Acadian forests that surround the French fortress of Louisbourg, a young Mi’kmaw man named Two-feathers watches the comings and goings of soldiers and citizens whose strange ways are a constant source of wonder. Two-feathers is hoping to find his father who, he has been told, is an important man among the French – they have never met. Jacques’ life in Louisbourg is a curious mixture of military duties in the unfamiliar and harsh environment, and frequent visits to the Governor’s apartments where he is teaching the beautiful young daughter of a visiting merchant to play the violoncello. From his discreet camp outside the walls of the fortress, Two-feathers lives off the land and watches the French, believing that he will know his father when he sees him. At night, he moves silently about the city, including the apartments of the Governor, where he befriends a beautiful young woman. The story culminates in the violent siege of Louisbourg in 1745. 

To read the first chapter of Blood Brothers in Louisbourg, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/blood_brothers_in_louisbourg_ch_1

*Long-listed for First Nation Communities Read.

To order signed copies of Blood Brothers in Louisbourg, please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Frères de sang à Louisbourg, Les Éditions Perce-Neige, Moncton, 2013. ISBN: 978-2-89691-122-6.

CouvFreres This is the French translation of Philip’s historical novel, Blood Brothers in Louisbourg, translated by Christian Roy, (no relation to Philip.)

As the son of an officer, Jacques was expected to pursue a career in the military. In the spring of 1744, at the age of fifteen, Jacques and his father leave France for Louisbourg, the French capital of Île Royale, where Jacques would learn the military arts – a far cry from his books and music and the comforts of his mother’s home. In the Acadian forests that surround the French fortress of Louisbourg, a young Mi’kmaw man named Two-feathers watches the comings and goings of soldiers and citizens whose strange ways are a constant source of wonder. Two-feathers is hoping to find his father who, he has been told, is an important man among the French – they have never met. Jacques’ life in Louisbourg is a curious mixture of military duties in the unfamiliar and harsh environment, and frequent visits to the Governor’s apartments where he is teaching the beautiful young daughter of a visiting merchant to play the violoncello. From his discreet camp outside the walls of the fortress, Two-feathers lives off the land and watches the French, believing that he will know his father when he sees him. At night, he moves silently about the city, including the apartments of the Governor, where he befriends a beautiful young woman. The story culminates in the violent siege of Louisbourg in 1745.

Here’s the publisher’s synopsis (in French):

Traduit en français par Christian Roy, Frères de sang à Louisbourg est un roman d’aventure palpitant destiné principalement aux adolescents âgés de 14 à 18 ans. L’histoire se passe en 1745 à Louisbourg et traite du rapport père-fils tel que vécu par un Français et un Métis mi’kmaq qui ignorent leur condition de demi-frères. Ce roman s’adresse aussi aux adultes qui découvriront avec intérêt un pan de leur histoire.

To read the first chapter of Fréres de sang á Louisbourg, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/freressangchapitre1/0

*Selected for the Communication Jeunesse List.

To order signed copies of Frères de sang à Louisbourg, please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Me & Mr. Bell, Cape Breton University Press, Sydney, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-927492-55-0. e-Book ISBN: 978-1-927492-57-4. MOBI: 978-1-927492-58-1.

Roy-Bell-Cover

Alexander Graham Bell, Baddeck’s most illustrious resident, and one of the world’s greatest inventors, is also famous for the greatness of his compassion. It’s 1908, and ten-year-old Eddie MacDonald shares the friendly inventor’s passion for solving problems and for taking long walks in the fields above Bras d’Or Lake.

But whereas Bell is renowned by many for being the smartest man in the world, Eddie is just a local farm boy who struggles to learn to read and write. After a few chance encounters, the elderly Bell befriends the young boy, and takes an interest in his struggle – encouraging Eddie to celebrate his successes and never give up.

When Bell’s long ambition for manned flight culminates in the Silver Dart soaring over Bras d’Or Lake, Eddie is inspired to find solutions to his own challenges.

To read the first chapter of Me & Mr. Bell, please click on this link: http://issuu.com/philiproybooks/docs/me___mr._bell_chapter_one

*Nominated for the Silver Birch Award for Fiction, the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and Resource Links‘ “Best of the Year 2013.”

To order signed copies of Me & Mr. Bell, please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Children’s Picture Books:

Mouse Tales Cover copyMouse Tales, (Book 1 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, written by Philip and illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara). Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-55380-262-4.

Mouse Tales, the first volume in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, has been read to tens of thousands of students in Atlantic Canada and Ontario over the past five years, and has gathered a substantial following anxious to have the illustrated book in hand. Here, now, thanks to the artistic vision of Andrea Torrey Balsara, fans everywhere will delight in witnessing Happy and John in action. Readers of all ages will identify with Happy’s bedtime struggle after a long day, his request for a story to help him fall asleep, and his nighttime anxieties when he must come to grips with the wicked witch of Grimms’ Hansel and Gretel, the Big Bad Wolf, and his own imagination of the “Three Bears.” In a composite reading of the traditional tales, and with a few modern twists thrown in, Mouse Tales delivers a reading experience that suggests you cannot tell the goodness of a person simply by looking at them. Readers will be won over by the insatiably curious and determined little mouse, and his kind and endlessly patient friend, John. Mouse Tales proves that best friends come in all sizes, and guarantees a giggle.

This is the first tale in the Happy the Pocket Mouse picture book series, which is comprised of 27 stories (and counting) in all. The series is about the exciting adventures of Happy––a curious, insatiable, adventure-seeking mouse––and his best friend, John. The second book in the series is Jellybean Mouse, (see details below). To see sample illustrations from Mouse Tales, please visit the section of our website entitled “Happy the Pocket Mouse.”

To order signed copies of Mouse Tales, please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Jellybean Mouse FINAL_08.14Jellybean Mouse, (Book 2 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series), Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2014. ISBN: 978-1553803447.

Jellybean Mouse is the second tale in the exciting new picture book series, Happy the Pocket Mouse. When a “boring” trip to the laundromat to wash their clothes frustrates Happy’s insatiable appetite for adventure, (and neither the skating rink nor the bowling alley can entice John away from their mundane task), Happy arrives at the laundromat in a funk, only to come face-to-face with his first jellybean machine. Thrilled with the discovery, Happy is confounded for a second time when John explains that he has only enough quarters for the wash. Refusing to give up, Happy makes a careful reconnaissance beneath the washing machines until he finds a quarter of his own. But the stingy machine conspires against the treasure-seeking mouse, steals his quarter, and refuses to release its jellybeans. Unwilling to accept defeat, Happy convinces John to tilt the machine until its sweet treasure spills out in abundance. No adventure is too small for a mouse with a prodigious appetite! To see sample illustrations from Jellybean Mouse, please visit the section of our website entitled “Happy the Pocket Mouse.”

To order signed copies of Jellybean Mouse, (Book 2 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse  series), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

MOUSE PET cover with text JPEG-1Mouse Pet, (Book 3 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series): Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2015. ISBN: 978-155380-443-7.

What kind of pet would a little mouse have if a little mouse could have a pet? Join John and Happy to find out! In Mouse Pet, Happy wishes to adopt a pet, but not just any pet….After much thought, John agrees, and they make their way to a most unexpected place––(which is not the pet store or an animal shelter!) 😉 To see sample illustrations from Mouse Pet, please visit the section of our website entitled “Happy the Pocket Mouse.” If you’ve enjoyed Andrea Torrey Balsara’s spectacular illustrations in the past, you’re bound to be dazzled by this new and wonderfully funny volume!

*Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

To order signed copies of  Mouse Pet, (Book 3 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse  series), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this web page.

 

Forthcoming Titles:

Stealth of the Ninja Cover*Stealth of the Ninja, (Book 8 in the Submarine Outlaw Series), due out in the spring of 2017. (Note to our readers: Stealth of the Ninja is set  in Japan!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mouse Vacation Cover_Final*Mouse Vacation, the fourth book in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, will be published in the fall of 2016. Here’s a synopsis:

In the fourth volume of the Happy the Pocket Mouse picture book series, Happy and John debate as to where their next adventure should take them. John suggests a walk through the forest or a visit to the museum, but these places are too lacklustre for Happy’s thirst for excitement. When Happy proposes a grand vacation along the likes of New York or Paris, John reasons that those places are too expensive, and that they will have to compromise. Happy then suggests a camping trip in New Zealand, but John contends that it is too far away. “Why am I the only one compromising here?” Happy asks. In the end, Happy and John embark upon an overnight bus trip to the seaport to view the majestic Tall Ships, and Happy is enthralled by these “ghosts of the past.” Andrea Torrey Balsara brings to life the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids, and other exotic locales with 32 pages of brilliant, full-colour illustrations.

To pre-order signed copies of  Mouse Vacation, (Book 4 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse  series), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, and be sure to let us know about your specific request.

 

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Purchasing Options:

If you would like signed copies of Philip’s books, (or you would simply like to order books directly through us), please e-mail Leila at lmerl128@gmail.com or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks, and be sure to let us know for whom you would like to have your book(s) inscribed. Philip’s books can also be purchased through Chapters/Indigo, Coles, chapters.indigo.ca, amazon.ca, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, BN.com, The Book Depository.com, and Waterstones.com. You can also find Philip’s books at fine independent bookstores like Woozles, Tattletales, Carrefour Atlantic and The Puffin Gallery, Westminster Books, The Village Bookshop and the Wellfleet Booksmith at the Wellfleet Marketplace. Philip’s books can also be ordered via his publishers, Ronsdale Press, Cape Breton University Press Raincoast Books, Nimbus Publishing, as well as through Les Éditions Perce-Neige, LitDistCo., Whitehots, Tinlids,  GoodMinds.com, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Small Press Distribution (SPD). If you are looking for museums that carry Philip’s books, please be sure to visit  The Submarine Force Museum, The Antique Boat Museum, The Fortress of Louisbourg, The Alexander Graham Bell Museum National Historic Site, and The Bell Homestead National Historic SiteAll of  Philip’s books are printed in Canada on responsibly-sourced paper. Thank you for your patronage!