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Wesley King

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Wesley Thomas King
Born (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 34)
Ajax, Ontario

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Wesley King (born 1987) is an award-winning Canadian author and speaker.[1][2] As of 6 June 2017, Wesley King has published 7 books. His works have been optioned for film and television and translated into many different languages around the globe.[3]


Upon graduating from Carleton University with an honours degree in journalism, Wesley King published his first novel, The Vindico, about a group of teenage super villains. Following the success of that debut novel, King became a prolific children's writer and speaker.[4]

His novels have won or been nominated for a variety of awards. His novel OCDaniel won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile, The Silver Birch Award, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.[5] King also actively presents to readers around the world and has served as the Writer-in-Residence for schools ranging from Northern Ontario to Port Salerno, Florida.

Personal life[edit]

Wesley King was born in Ajax and now resides in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia.

King was an accomplished high school athlete and often incorporates sports into his novels. His novel OCDaniel, addresses mental illness in children based on his own experiences with the disorder.[6] King has spoken publicly about his ongoing struggles with anxiety disorders.[7]


King's works have won or been nominated for the following awards:

Book Award(s)
The Vindico
  • Red Maple Award, 2013
  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2013
The Feros
  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2014
  • Canadian Children's Book of the Year Nominee, 2014
The Incredible Space Raiders (From Space)
  • Silver Birch Nominee, 2016
  • Silver Birch Winner, 2017
  • Edgar Award Winner - Best Juvenile, 2017
  • Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award Winner, 2017

Published works[edit]


  • The Vindico (G.P Putnam's Sons, Penguin Random House, 2012) RED MAPLE WINNER
  • The Feros (G.P Putnam's Sons, Penguin Random House, 2013) JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION
  • The Incredible Space Raiders (From Space!) (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon and Schuster, 2015) SILVER BIRCH NOMINEE
  • Dragons Vs. Drones (Razorbill, Penguin Random House, 2016)
  • Enemy of the Realm - A Dragons Vs Drones Novel (Razorbill, 2017)
  • Laura Monster Crusher (Penguin Random House, 2017) RED MAPLE NOMINEE

To-Be-Published Works[edit]

  • A World Below (Simon and Schuster, 2018)
  • To Be Announced Series


  1. "Wesley King". Penguin Random House.
  2. http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Wesley-King/452907296
  3. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/canadas-raven-banner-options-wesley-615148. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1666468.Wesley_King. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. (PDF) https://www.accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/Forest/Archives/RedMaple-Archive.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25691836-ocdaniel. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. http://globalnews.ca/video/2640733/book-ocdaniel. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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