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Sherryl Jordan

Sherryl_Jordan_and_The_Wednesday_Wizard_1.jpgSherryl Jordan's path to publication was long and arduous. She learned her craft by attending seminars and listening to other writers; through criticism and rewriting; and through determination and perseverance. Of the 27 picture books and 12 novels she wrote in her apprenticeship years only three picture books were published. Her 13th novel, Rocco, which won the AIM Book of the Year in 1991, proved to be a turning point, although she had been in print as an illustrator before then.
Sherryl trained in sign language as part of her work as a teacher's aide working with deaf children and this was one of the inspirations for her novel The Raging Quiet. Afflicted with occupational overuse syndrome in 1989, she recovered slowly and was able to return to writing. In her books Sherryl explores what she calls the boundless spaces between fact and fantasy, the real truth and the truth we imagine. All her books are expressions of her own spiritual journey through life – of her dreams, her battles, her fears and triumphs.
Sherryl believes that the truth of the imagination is the foundation of good fantasy, and that fantasy is a training ground for the lateral thinkers, inventors and philosophers of the future. Music plays an important part in her life, and she also enjoys sailing, time with friends, time to write, and time with her family. Sherryl lives in Tauranga.
Selected bibliography:
  • The Silent One text by Joy Cowley (Whitcoulls 1981).
  • Matthew's Monsters illustrated by Deirdre Gardiner (Ashton Scholastic 1986).
  • No Problem Pomperoy! illustrated by Jan van der Voo (Century Hutchinson 1988).
  • Rocco (Ashton Scholastic 1990, published in the USA as A Time of Darkness).
  • Babysitter Bear illustrated by Trevor Pye (Random Century 1990).
  • The Juniper Game (Ashton Scholastic 1991).
  • The Wednesday Wizard [Denzil series, book one] (Ashton Scholastic 1991).
  • Denzil's Dilemma [Denzil series, book two] (Ashton Scholastic 1992, published in the USA as Wizard for a Day 1996).
  • The Other side of Midnight illustrated by Bryan Pollard (Ashton Scholastic 1993).
  • Winter of Fire (Scholastic 1993).
  • Tanith (Ashton Scholastic 1994).
  • Sign of the Lion (Puffin 1995).
  • Secret Sacrament (Puffin1996).
  • Denzil's Great Bear Burglary [Denzil series, book three] (Mallinson Rendel 1997).
  • The Raging Quiet (Simon & Schuster 1999).
  • The Hunting of the Last Dragon (HarperCollins 2002).
  • Secret Sacrament [new edition] (Simon & Schuster 2003).
  • The Wednesday Wizard [Denzil series, book one, revised edition] (Scholastic 2007).
  • Denzil's Dilemma [Denzil series, book two, revised edition] (Scholastic 2007).
  • The Great Bear Burglary [Denzil series, book three, revised edition] (Scholastic 2007).
  • The Silver Dragon [Denzil series, book four] (Scholastic 2007).
  • Time of the Eagle (HarperCollins 2007).
  • Finnigan & the Pirates (Scholastic 2010).
  • The Last Summoner (Scholastic 2011).
  • Ransomwood (Scholastic 2012).
  • The Freedom Merchants (Scholastic 2012).
  • Fishtales Far-Fetched and Foul (Scholastic 2013).
Awards:
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1982 Book of the Year for The Silent One.
  • Choysa Bursary Award 1988.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1991 Fiction Winner for Rocco.
  • Esther Glen Awards 1992 Shortlist for The Juniper Game.
  • Esther Glen Awards 1992 Shortlist for The Wednesday Wizard.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1992 Fiction Shortlist for The Wednesday Wizard.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1992 Fiction Shortlist for The Juniper Game.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1993 Junior Fiction Shortlist for Denzil’s Dilemma.
  • International Writing Program at University of Iowa 1993.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1994 Senior Fiction Shortlist for Winter of Fire.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1995 Senior Fiction Shortlist for Tanith.
  • Esther Glen Awards 1995 Shortlist for Tanith.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2000 Senior Fiction List for The Raging Quiet.
  • Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2001.
  • IBBY Honour Book 2002 Writing for The Raging Quiet.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2005 Young Adult Fiction List for The Hunting of the Last Dragon.
  • Esther Glen Awards 2008 Shortlist for Time of the Eagle.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2008 Young Adult Fiction List for Time of the Eagle.
  • Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award 2010 for Denzil's Dilemma.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Junior Fiction List for Finnigan and the Pirates. 
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2011 Junior Fiction Winner for Finnigan and the Pirates.
 

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