Cary Fagan

Cary Fagan is a highly acclaimed, award-winning author of picture books and novels for kids in addition to his acclaim as an author of novels and anthologies for adults. His books include The Market Wedding (Sydney Taylor Honor Book, Jewish Book Award, World Storytelling Award), Daughter of the Great Zandini (Mr. Christie’s Book Award, Silver Medal), The Fortress of Kaspar Snit (Silver Birch Honor Book), and most recently, Directed by Kaspar Snit and Ten Old Men and a Mouse. He is the author of a YA biography of dancer Chan Hon Goh, Beyond the Dance, a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award. Cary Fagan also writes novels and story collections for adults. He lives in Toronto with his two daughters.

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The Show to End All Shows Master Melville’s Medicine Show Book Two
(World Rights Available Ex: Canada English (Penguin Canada)
Film Rights Available, Manuscript forthcoming)


Valentine’s Fall (Cormorant, 2009)
adult Shortlisted, 2010 Toronto Book Award “Valentines Fall has a strong current of humour and absurdity amid the pensive melancholy.”
— Winnipeg Free Press”[Cary Fagan is] a fine literary craftsman.”
— Canadian Jewish News
The Little Underworld of Edison Wiese adult
(Hungry I Books, 2003)
The Mermaid of Paris adult
(Key Porter, 2003)
Felix Roth adult
(Stoddart, 1999)
Sleeping Weather adult
(The Porcupine’s Quill, 1997)
The Animals’ Waltz adult
(St Martin’s Press, New York, 1996, as Der Klang des Glucks, Bastei Lübbe Germany, 2002)

Series Fiction

The Boy in the Box Master Melville’s Medicine Show Book One

Kidnapped! Sullivan’s dream of a life on stage turns nightmarish.
(World Rights Available Ex: Canada (English): Penguin Canada US (English): Clarion

Film Rights Available, Published)

Jacob Two-Two On the High Seas Jacob and his family board a ship to cross the ocean unaware of their adventures ahead.
(Tundra, 2009)Illustrated by Dusan Petricic,
written with the full support of the Mordecai Richler family Nominee, 2011-2012 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
Listed, The 15 Books That Mattered, 2009, Quill & Quire
Directed by Kaspar Snit(Tundra, 2007)”Fagan exercises his imagination in every sentence, with fresh, entertaining prose and all that goes along with it — characters that show real character, a nice twinge of sympathy for the growing girl and hilarious parodic moments that will have kids rethinking many a cliché of plot and script. Sheer fun.”
— Toronto Star”Fans of the first book, The Fortress of Kaspar Snit, will be delighted with this humorous, action-packed sequel. Eleanor is an endearing protagonist: smart and perceptive, yet believable as she struggles with preteen moodiness and rebellion. Mrs Leer, a captivating mixture of whimsy and practicality, comes alive from the first moment. Snappy dialogue and a fast-paced plot keep the story moving.”
— Quill & Quire
The Fortress of Kaspar Snit (Tundra, 2004) 2006 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award
Silver Birch Honour Book

Picture Books

Thing-Thing A story so rich in words and images that, despite taking place in a matter of seconds, Thing-Thing will be remembered as vividly as a child’s favorite toy.
illustrated by Nicolas Debon
(Tundra, 2008)
My New Shirtillustrated by Dusan Petricic(Tundra, 2007) Nominee, 2009 Blue Spruce
Ontario Library Association
Ten Old Men and a Mouseillustrated by Gary Clement(Tundra, 2007)
Daughter of the Great Zandiniillustrated by Cybele Young(Tundra, 2001)
The Market Weddingillustrated by Regolo Ricci(Tundra, 2000) Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature
Sydney Taylor Honor Book
World Storytelling Award
Gogol’s Goatillustrated by Regolo Ricci(Tundra, 1998)

Early Readers

Mr. Karp’s Glass ages 8-10
illustrated by Selçuk Demirel(Groundwood, 2008)


My Life Among the Apes (Cormorant, 2012) Longlist, 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize
The Doctor’s HouseAnd Other Fictionadult
(Stoddart, 2000)”Nobody who knows Fagan’s writing will be surprised at either the compelling narrative pace of his ‘miniature’ or the poetry of his language and imagery. There is nothing superfluous here, nothing flashy or self-conscious — only the writing of someone to whom the act of writing seems as natural as the act of breathing.”
— Quill & Quire

— The Globe and Mail

The Little Black DressTales from Franceadult
(Mercury Press, 1993)
History Lessonsadult(Hounslow Press, 1990)

“[Fagan] is a psychological realist in the best sense of the tradition.”
— The Globe and Mail

“Charming and quietly surprising … insightfully gentle stories.”
— Canadian Literature

“A very, very fine short story writer.”
— Timothy Findley


Beyond the Dance A Ballerina’s Life
written by Chan Hon Goh and Cary Fagan(Tundra, 2002) Shortlisted, Rocky Mountain Book Award, An Alberta Children’s Choice Book Award
Finalist, 2003 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction
City Hall and Mrs God(Mercury Press, 1990)”A passionate exercise in citizenship.”
— Rick Salutin