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Leslie Elizabeth Watts (1961–) Biography

Personal, Addresses, Career, Honors Awards, Writings

Born 1961, in Weston, Ontario, Canada; divorced; Education: York University, B.A. (psychology; with honors), 1984.

Addresses

Agent—Pamela Paul, The Pamela Paul Agency, 12 Westrose Ave., Toronto, Ontario M8X 2A1, Canada.

Career

Writer and illustrator.

Honors Awards

Arthur Ellis Award shortlist, and Anthony Award for Best First Novel shortlist, both 1991, both for The Chocolate Box; Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story, 2005, for Crocodile Tears.

Writings

SELF-ILLUSTRATED

The Troll of Sora, Oxford University Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1991.

Princess Stinky-Toes and the Brave Frog Robert, Harper Collins (New York, NY), 1995.

The Baabaasheep Quartet, Fitzhenry & Whiteside (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2005.

ILLUSTRATOR

Adele Mongan Fasick, The Beauty Who Would Not Spin, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1989.

Sheree Fitch, There's A Mouse in My House, Doubleday Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1997.

Sheree Fitch, If I Were the Moon, Doubleday (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1999.

Penelope Larkspur, The Secret Life of Faries, Kids Can Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1999.

Stephen Eaton Hume, Red Moon Follows Truck, Orca Book Publishers (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), 2001.

Andrea Spalding, It's Raining, It's Pouring, Orca Book Publishers (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), 2001.

Andrea Spalding, The Most Beautiful Kite in the World, Fitzhenry & Whiteside (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2002.

Karleen Bradford, You Can't Rush a Cat, Orca Book Publishers (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), 2003.

Lena Coakley, On the Night of the Comet, Orca Book Publishers (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), 2004.

Rachna Gilmore, Making Grizzle Grow, Fitzhenry & Whiteside (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2006.

OTHER

The Chocolate Box: An Edna Heathcott Mystery (novel), General Paperbacks (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1991.

Also author of episodes for The Eleventh Hour, CTV, 2002–04. Contributor of short fiction to anthologies, including Revenge: A Noir Anthology about Getting Even, edited by Kerry J. Schooley and Peter Sellers, Insomniac Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2004.

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, January 1, 2002, Ellen Mandel, review of Red Moon Follows Truck, p. 865; December 15, 2005, Carolyn Phelan, review of The Baabaasheep Quartet, p. 52.

Canadian Book Review Annual, 1996, review of Princess Stinky-Toes and the Brave Frog Robert, p. 461.

Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2005, review of The Baabaasheep Quartet, p. 1237.

Publishers Weekly, December 6, 1999, "Fairies, Gnomes, and Unicorns," p. 79.

Quill & Quire, February, 1996, review of Princess Stinky-Toes and the Brave Frog Robert, p. 42; April, 1999, review of If I Were the Moon, p. 36.

Resource Links, June, 2001, Valerie Pollock, review of It's Raining, It's Pouring, p. 5.

School Library Journal, January, 2000, Kathleen M. Kelly MacMillan, review of There's a Mouse in My House!, p. 94; September, 2001, Gay Lynn, review of It's Raining, It's Pouring, p. 206; February, 2002, Kathleen Simonetta, review of Red Moon Follows Truck, p. 107.

Times Educational Supplement, March 30, 1990, review of The Troll of Sora, p. 10.

ONLINE

Canadian Review of Materials Online, http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/ (April 28, 2000), Harriet Zaidman, review of The Secret Life of Fairies.

Orca Book Publishers Web site, http://www.orcabook.com/ (January 30, 2006).

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