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Eric Walters

Biography

Eric Walters

It all began in 1993 when Eric was teaching a Grade 5 class. His students were reluctant readers and writers, and Eric began to write to encourage them to become more involved in literature. His first novel, STAND YOUR GROUND, was created for this class. It is set in the school where Eric was teaching, Vista Heights Public School, and some of the features of the community of Streetsville and many of the names of his students were incorporated into the story.

Since his first novel, Eric has exploded on the children’s and young adult scene. Over the past two decades he has published 96 more novels and picture books with eight scheduled for the coming years.

These novels have been enthusiastically received by children and young adults and critically acclaimed by teachers, reviewers and parents. Eric’s novels have won more than 100 awards including 11 separate children’s choice awards. He is the only three-time winner of both the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch and four-time winner of the Red Maple Award --- in which over 250,000 students participate and vote the winner. In November 2013, he received the prestigious Children’s Africana Book Award --- Best Book for young children --- for his book THE MATATU. This American award was presented to Eric in a ceremony at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. In 2017, he won the prestigious Sakura Medal give to the favorite book of International students in Japan.

Eric’s novels are now available in places as far award as New Zealand, Australia, India and Nepal and have been translated into more than a dozen languages including French, German, Japanese, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese.

Eric has presented to more than 1,500,000 students across North America and internationally in Japan, Kenya and Germany. His presentations blend drama, storytelling, audience participation and interaction. He presents to students from K - Grade 12 as well as adult groups and has been a keynote speaker at a variety of conferences.

Eric Walters

Books by Eric Walters

by Eric Walters - Adventure, Disaster Fiction, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Nature, Outdoor, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+
In a world with no power, chaos soon descends. A powerful look at the disintegration of society in the wake of a massive and mysterious outage that has knocked out all modern amenities.
by Eric Walters - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

On the last day of high school, Sophie's boyfriend breaks up with her. It turns out he thinks she is too predictable, too responsible...too boring. When Sophie turns to her best friend, Ella, for comfort, Ella just confirms what he has said. Then Ella comes up with a plan to help Sophie find her wilder side. In the 90 days between the end of high school and the start of university, she is going to arrange for Sophie to do amazing, new and sometimes scary things. The deal is Sophie has to agree to everything --- and she has to share her adventures through social media. Can 90 days of different create a different life?

by Eric Walters - Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Soon --- as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends --- he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection.