Nancy Farmer (Author)

For the politician, see Nancy Farmer (politician).
Nancy Farmer
Born (1941-07-07) July 7, 1941 (age 73)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Education B.A., Reed College (1963)
Genres Children's literature, young adult literature, fantasy and science fiction
Notable work(s) The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
A Girl Named Disaster
The House of the Scorpion
Sea of Trolls series
Notable award(s)

National Book Award

Buxtehuder Bulle
Newbery Honor
1995, 1997, 2003
Spouse(s) Harold Farmer
Children Daniel

Nancy Farmer (born 1941) is an American author of children's and young adult books and science fiction stories. She has written three Newbery Honor Books[1] and she won the 2002 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for The House of the Scorpion, published by Atheneum Books.[2]

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.[3] She enlisted in the Peace Corps (1963–1965), and subsequently worked in Mozambique and Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), where she studied biological methods of controlling the tsetse fly between 1975–1978.[3] She met her future husband, Harold Farmer, at the University of Rhodesia. 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.[4]


Novels and novella

The Sea of Trolls trilogy

Picture books

  • Runnery Granary: A Mystery Must Be Solved—Or the Grain is Lost!, illustrated by Jos. A. Smith (1996)
  • Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb, illustrated by James Bernardin (1999)
  • Clever Ali, illustrated by Gail De Marcken (2006)

Short stories


The Ear, the Eye and the Arm (1994)

A Girl Named Disaster (1996)

The House of the Scorpion (2002)

  • 2002, National Book Award for Young People's Literature, winner[2]
  • 2003, Newbery Honor[1]
  • 2003, Buxtehuder Bulle (Germany)
  • 2003, Printz Honor


External links

  • Excerpts from a Locus Magazine interview with Nancy Farmer
  • Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  • Nancy Farmer at the Locus Index to SF Awards
  • Nancy Farmer on LibraryThing
  • Library of Congress Authorities — with 19 catalog records

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