The Emperor of Any Place

has received SEVEN starred reviews in
American Trade Magazines!

* Kirkus Reviews
“Dual stories of strength and resilience illuminate the effects that war has on individuals and on father-son relationships, effects that stretch in unexpected ways across generations as Evan and Griff make their way toward a truce. An accomplished wordsmith, Wynne-Jones achieves an extraordinary feat: he eliminates the hidden depths of personalities and families through a mesmerizing blend of realism and magic.

* Publishers Weekly
“Readers will be swept up quickly in the tense relationship between Evan and Griff, as well as the unlikely friendship between enemy soldiers fighting for survival in a surreal landscape. Without spelling out the metaphoric significance of the story within the story, Wynne-Jones provides enough hints for readers to make connections and examine the lines between war and peace, as well as hate and love.”

* Booklist
 “Wynne-Jones writes with a sure hand and a willingness to take readers into uncharted territory. The main characters in both time periods are complex and vividly portrayed, while the stories, both supernatural and realistic, quietly take note of nuances that standard narratives overlook. A riveting, remarkable novel by a reliably great Canadian writer.”

* School Library Journal 
“Offering a unique take on the World War II period, this intergenerational tale is an excellent addition to most YA collections.”

* Shelf Awareness
“English-Canadian author Tim Wynne-Jones (The Uninvited, Blink & Caution) crafts a truly spellbinding novel in which the mystical, desert-island, wartime chronicle is as riveting as the modern-day story... and the ways they begin to fuse together are breathtaking.”

* The Horn Book
“There’s a whole lot going on here: Evan’s and Griff’s shared heartbreak, exhibited in very different ways, and their own increasingly complicated relationship; the stark contrast between the mainly nondescript “Any Place” of Evan’s suburban Ontario and the horror of the desert island; and the unlikely friendship between enemy soldiers in the story-within-a-story. All these seemingly disparate parts come together in fascinating ways, resulting in an affecting and unforgettable read.”

* Bulletin of the Center for Children’s
“The layers of intergenerational strife, savage warfare, lingering suspicion and gradual healing are quilted into a warming narrative that is both uncompromisingly tragic and holistically redemptive. Readers will carry this haunting story with them for a long time.”

Junior Library Guild Selection
Horn Book Fanfare List
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Chicago Public Library’s Kids Best of the Best Books
Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list nominee

When Evan’s father dies suddenly, Evan finds a hand-bound yellow book on his desk—a book his dad had been reading when he passed away. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? What is in this account that Evan’s grandfather, whom Evan has never met before, fears so much that he will do anything to prevent its being seen? And what could this possibly mean for Evan? In a pulse-quickening mystery evoking the elusiveness of truth and the endurance of wars passed from father to son, this engrossing novel is a suspenseful, at times terrifying read from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.


Tim and Amanda, Parc Guell, Barcelona, January 2012.

Tim being inducted into the Order of Canada
by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston,
at Rideau Hall, September 28, 2012

Blink & Caution wins 2012 Arthur Ellis Award

The winners of the 2012 Arthur Ellis Awards have been announced. Tim Wynne-Jones takes home the prize for best juvenile/YA crime book for his novel, Blink & Caution. Rich characterization, well-crafted language, intriguing use of voice, and a compelling plot make Blink and Caution an intense yet enjoyable story that’s hard to put down. Pacing and tension build steadily through the first half of the book, creating a strong connection with the reader. An uplifting conclusion gives us hope for the future of the two main characters, Blink and Caution.

The awards, established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman, are for crime writing, and they are not restricted to mystery writing. Crime-writing encompasses far more than the traditional whodunit. The crime genre includes crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works. For a complete list of winners, visit

IBBY Canada
announces Canadian nominees for
Hans Christian Andersen Awards:
author Tim Wynne-Jones
and illustrator Stéphane Jorisch

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that children’s author Tim Wynne-Jones and illustrator Stéphane Jorisch are Canada’s nominees for the 2012 international Hans Christian Andersen Awards.

Announced every two years, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards are internationally recognized as the highest honour for children's authors and illustrators. The Andersen Awards, known as the “little Nobel,” were established in 1956 to recognize authors and illustrators around the world who have made a lasting and significant contribution to literature for children and young people.

A jury of Canadian children’s book experts selected Tim Wynne-Jones and Stéphane Jorisch as Canada’s nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The jury consisted of Sarah Ellis, librarian, children's literature professor, critic, and writer; Dr. Aida Hudson, Children's Literature professor, University of Ottawa; Patricia Lemieux, Director of the Candiac library, former Quebec councillor at IBBY Canada, and former librarian heading the children’s section at BanQ; and Josiane Polidori, Head, Children's Literature, Library and Archives Canada, and former President of IBBY Canada.

The jury’s comments on Tim Wynne-Jones, the nominated author: “Tim Wynne-Jones’s writing is lyrical, prose poetry that challenges the “wizard” he believes is in every reader. His works delve into the trials and tribulations of children who live on the edge, because of family troubles, tumultuous happenings, or psychological trauma. Tim Wynne-Jones is also an editor, a fine literary critic, a masterful teacher of creative writing, and a writer’s writer, mentoring some of the leading children’s authors in Canada.” A selected list of Tim Wynne-Jones’s books follows.

The jury’s comments on Stéphane Jorisch, the nominated illustrator: “Stéphane Jorisch’s flowing style veers between reality and imagination, punctuated with luminous and poetic backgrounds, and full of emotion, inventiveness and whimsical details. He uses pencil drawings, ink, watercolour, gouache and paintbrush to interpret classics, poetry, and original illustrated stories both in French and in English. The talent of Stéphane Jorisch has been recognized by many prestigious prizes in Canada.” A selected list of Stéphane Jorisch’s books follows.

IBBY Canada is one of over 70 national sections within the International Board on Books for Young People. Each national section is invited to nominate candidates for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, presented every other year. An international jury, comprised of 10 children’s literature experts around the world, will meet to make their selection, taking the complete work of the nominees into consideration, while adjudicating books on literary and artistic criteria. The Andersen Awards will be presented to the winners at the IBBY Congress in London, England in August 2012.

Previous Canadian nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards include Brian Doyle, Pierre Pratt, Marie Louise Gay, Christiane Duchesne, Dennis Lee, Michèle Lemieux, Ian Wallace, Jean Little, Gilles Tibo, Monica Hughes, Phillipe Beha, Laszlo Gal, and Eric Beddows.

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, founded in 1953, represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada is one of over 70 national sections worldwide. IBBY Canada is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children's literature nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit

The tumbling monsters on my nameplate above are adapted from the cover of Tumbledown Hill, and used here with many thanks to the artist Dušan Petričič.

There's an interview of me with Rachel Wadham on “Worlds Awaiting” (BYU Radio’s Children’s Lit Show), this Saturday, May 7, at 1:30pm Eastern. You can hear it on BYU Radio at SiriusXM Channel 143, on the tunein app, and at
You can listen to the audio of the interview on the BYU website at 2pm EST after the show airs: CLICK HERE

The new portrait on my home page is by Mark Raynes Roberts. It will appear in an exhibition called Illumination: Portraits of Canadian Literature and Authors that will be on display at the Toronto Reference Library, October 11 - November 1, 2015.

On the Road Again

I have some dates set for the fall but there will be more to come, soon.

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