Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Education||B.A., Reed College (1963)|
|Genre||Children's literature, young adult literature, fantasy and science fiction|
|Notable works||The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm|
A Girl Named Disaster
The House of the Scorpion
Sea of Trolls series
|Notable awards||National Book Award |
1995, 1997, 2003
Nancy Farmer is an American author of children's and young adult books and science fiction. She has written three Newbery Honor Books and won the U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature for The House of the Scorpion, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2002.
Farmer was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her B.A. at Reed College (1963) and later studied chemistry and entomology at the University of California, Berkeley. She enlisted in the Peace Corps (1963–1965), and subsequently worked in Mozambique and Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), where she studied biological methods of controlling the tsetse fly between 1975–1978. She met her future husband, Harold Farmer, at the University of Rhodesia (now the University of Zimbabwe). After a week-long courtship, the two were married. Farmer currently lives in the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona with her husband; they have one son, Daniel.
- Lorelei: The Story of a Bad Cat (Harare, Zimbabwe: College Press, 1987)
- The Eye, the Ear, and the Arm (College Press, 1989)
- Tapiwa's Uncle (College Press, 1993)
- Do You Know Me, illustrated by Shelley Jackson (Orchard Books, 1993)
- The Ear, the Eye and the Arm (Orchard, 1994)
- The Warm Place (Orchard, 1995)
- A Girl Named Disaster (Orchard, 1996)
- The House of the Scorpion (Atheneum Books, 2002)
- A New Year's Tale (2013) – paperback and e-book for adults
- The Lord of Opium (2013) – sequel to The House of the Scorpion
The Sea of Trolls trilogy
- The Sea of Trolls (Atheneum, 2004)
- The Land of the Silver Apples (Atheneum, 2007)
- The Islands of the Blessed (Atheneum, 2009)
- Runnery Granary, illus. Jos. A. Smith (Greenwillow Books, 1996) – A Mystery Must Be Solved—Or the Grain is Lost!
- Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb, illus. James Bernardin (New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books, 1999)
- Clever Ali, illus. Gail De Marcken (Orchard, 2006)
- "The Mirror", L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume IV (1988), pp. 35–65 – collection of twelve 1987 finalists; "The Mirror" won the grand prize
- "Tapiwa's Uncle", Cricket (February 1992)
- "Origami Mountain", The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixth Annual Collection (1992)
- "Falada: the Goose Girl's Horse", A Wolf At the Door, eds. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (2000)
- "Remember Me", Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Sharyn November (2003)
- "Bella's Birthday Present", Can You Keep a Secret, ed. Lois Metzger (2007)
- "The Mole Cure", Fantasy and Science Fiction (August 2007)
- "Ticket to Ride", Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction, ed. Sharyn November (2008)
- "Castle Othello", Troll's Eye View, eds. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (2009)
"The Mirror" (1987)
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm (1994)
- 1995 Newbery Honor Book (a Newbery Medal runner-up)
- 1995, Hal Clement Award (Golden Duck Award, Young Adult)
A Girl Named Disaster (1996)
The House of the Scorpion (2002)
- 2002, National Book Award for Young People's Literature
- 2003, Newbery Honor
- 2003, Buxtehuder Bulle (Germany)
- 2003, Printz Honor
The Land of the Silver Apples (2007)
- 2007, Emperor Norton Award ("extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason")
"Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". Association for Library Service to Children. (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
"The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
"National Book Awards – 2002". National Book Foundation (NBF). Retrieved 2012-01-26.
(With acceptance speech by Farmer and introduction by panelist Han Nolan, who remarked: "this year perhaps more than any other year obliterated any boundaries left between the young adult and adult novel.")
- Farmer, "Bio" (no date).
- Farmer, "Moving" (June 17, 2010).
- "The eye, the ear, and the arm" (1989 printing). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2013-11-23. Catalog records show The Eye ..., 1989, 160 pages; The Ear ..., 1994, 311 pages.
- Farmer, "Home" (2013).
- "Nancy Farmer". Science Fiction Awards Database (sfadb.com). Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- "National Book Awards – 1996". NBF. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- Farmer. Nancy Farmer's official home page (nancyfarmerwebsite.com). 2008–present. Retrieved 2013-11-23.