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Troon Harrison

Troon Harrison - Editor

Ontario, Canada

Experienced editor of published books; internationally published author; creative, professional, 20+ years experience in publishing.

Overview

My 36 award-winning children's books are published internationally in numerous languages, and in Braille, and have been produced as YTV animations. My published work includes non-fiction and fiction across a wide range of genres, including fantasy, historical, contemporary, and sci fi. To view my picture books, junior books, and YA novels, please visit my web site at www.troonharrison.com or view my books on Amazon.com

I have a BA in English Literature and a Bachelor of Education, and have been a writer in residence at a university college, a workshop leader, and a literary event host.

I am an experienced, detail-oriented freelance editor via my web site (please visit it to read comments from satisfied clients), personal referrals, and on-line sites including Elance/Upwork. Since 1997, I have been a creative writing Instructor at the Institute of Children's Literature (CT, USA.) During this teaching time, I have edited literally thousands of children's stories, articles, and novels for my adult students in preparation for submission to publishers. In addition, I edit book-length manuscripts targeted to adult readers. In the past year, I have edited a travelogue which has been accepted for publication, an autobiography, and a historical novel.

Here's what you can expect from me:
• structural edits on your manuscript using Track Changes margin comments;
• line edits on your manuscript;
• a detailed critique letter to accompany my editing, with clear, concise explanations of your story's strengths and weaknesses, and how to revise them;
• replies to any questions you have about your story, or your revisions;
• a focus on making your writing age appropriate, with creating a strong plot, with pacing, and with character development;
• prompt, courteous communication;
• respect for your deadlines;
• the benefit of my very extensive experience in the publishing industry.

I have worked freelance for over 20 years and would love to help make your manuscript shine!

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Children's Picture Books Christian Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Science Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing History Nature Religion & Spirituality Social & Behavioral Sciences

Awards

  • Blue Spruce Award, Ontario School Library Assoc. Recommended, Children's Book Of The Month Club; Finalist, Independent Publisher Book Awards;  Honor Title, Storytelling World Awards;  Honor Book, Society of School Librarians International;  "Outstanding", Parent Council of America;   Runner-up, Blue Spruce Award;  Short listed, Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award;  Nominated, Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Assoc.; Nominated, Red Cedar Award, B.C. Library Assoc.; “Best Books for Young Adults”, Library Journal;  “Notable” Children’s Book Council of America;   “Children’s Book of the Year”, Alberta Book Awards;  Nominated, Torgi Awards, Canadian National Institute for the Blind;  Nominated, Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award;  Winner, Youth Jury Prize, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture; Nominated, Panda Award (International Schools) in China;  “Notable”, National Council of Social Studies.

Work experience

Creative Writing Instructor

Institute of Children's Literature

April, 1997 – Present (over 19 years)

Provide written critiques of plot outlines with suggestions for development. Provide structural edits, copy edits, and written critiques on finished manuscripts in preparation for submission to publishers. Work with writers as they revise. Provide feedback on marketing materials.

Freelance Editor

Freelance

April, 1997 – Present (over 19 years)

Assist writers with idea generation and plot development; provide structural and copy edits on manuscripts; provide detailed written critiques of manuscripts; review marketing materials.

Author

Freelance

August, 1990 – Present (over 26 years)

Multi-published and award-winning author with work available in numerous countries and languages. Write non-fiction, and fiction in a range of genres including sci fi, historical, contemporary, and fantasy. My work is available in Braille, and is produced as YTV shorts.

Portfolio (30 selected works)

The Horse Road

Troon Harrison

For girls who love the historical adventures of American Girl and the equestrian details of Canterwood Crest or Horse Diaries, this wonderful new series delivers both. In The Horse Road, we meet Kallisto, a superb equestrian living in central Asia. On her way back from delivering horses to nomad breeders, Kallisto sees the Chinese army preparing to invade her city. Can she save her family and ... read more

For girls who love the historical adventures of American Girl and the equestrian details of Canterwood Crest or Horse Diaries, this wonderful new series delivers both. In The Horse Road, we meet Kallisto, a superb equestrian living in central Asia. On her way back from delivering horses to nomad breeders, Kallisto sees the Chinese army preparing to invade her city. Can she save her family and ... read more

Aaron's Awful Allergies

Troon Harrison

Aaron loves animals more than anything else in the world. But when he is diagnosed with allergies, the doctor tells him that his pets -- a dog, a cat, six kittens and six guinea pigs -- have got to go. After Aaron reluctantly finds each pet a new home, he discovers other ways to make animals a part of his life. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that an estimated one in every... read more

Aaron loves animals more than anything else in the world. But when he is diagnosed with allergies, the doctor tells him that his pets -- a dog, a cat, six kittens and six guinea pigs -- have got to go. After Aaron reluctantly finds each pet a new home, he discovers other ways to make animals a part of his life. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that an estimated one in every... read more

A Bushel of Light

Troon Harrison

I was trapped here in this square brick house. Trapped with Willy's threats, Matthew's roars, Kathleen's silences -- not because I couldn't run away again if I chose to, and not because I had no money, or because I was scared of being alone in the dark countryside.I was trapped because of Lizzy; because I couldn't turn her into an orphan like me.Six years ago Maggie was torn from her twin sist... read more

I was trapped here in this square brick house. Trapped with Willy's threats, Matthew's roars, Kathleen's silences -- not because I couldn't run away again if I chose to, and not because I had no money, or because I was scared of being alone in the dark countryside.I was trapped because of Lizzy; because I couldn't turn her into an orphan like me.Six years ago Maggie was torn from her twin sist... read more

Red River Stallion

Troon Harrison

Amelia Otterchild Mackenzie has never seen a horse until the great red stallion Firefox rescues her from drowning. Soon her natural skill with horses becomes clear. Could this be the key that will lead motherless Amelia to her missing father, a legendary horseman? Amelia and her beloved sister set off for the rough far west of Canada to find their father, with the few treasures. But with white... read more

Amelia Otterchild Mackenzie has never seen a horse until the great red stallion Firefox rescues her from drowning. Soon her natural skill with horses becomes clear. Could this be the key that will lead motherless Amelia to her missing father, a legendary horseman? Amelia and her beloved sister set off for the rough far west of Canada to find their father, with the few treasures. But with white... read more

A Cat in the Stable

Troon Harrison

When her beloved cat, Muffin, dies, five-year-old Sophie writes a letter to God asking, "Please bring Muffin back to life." On Christmas morning, Sophie discovers that God did answer her prayer in a surprising and wonderful way.

When her beloved cat, Muffin, dies, five-year-old Sophie writes a letter to God asking, "Please bring Muffin back to life." On Christmas morning, Sophie discovers that God did answer her prayer in a surprising and wonderful way.

Goodbye to Atlantis

Troon Harrison

When Stella imagined her trip to England, she pictured herself as a girl in the pages of a magazine - beach parties with cute boys, surfing off the coast, exploring ancient castles.Instead, she finds herself in a flat with her father's weird girlfriend, Skye, and no one to hang out with but Nicholas, a distant cousin who seems to hate her. Only Richard, Nicholas's dashing father, lives up to S... read more

When Stella imagined her trip to England, she pictured herself as a girl in the pages of a magazine - beach parties with cute boys, surfing off the coast, exploring ancient castles.Instead, she finds herself in a flat with her father's weird girlfriend, Skye, and no one to hang out with but Nicholas, a distant cousin who seems to hate her. Only Richard, Nicholas's dashing father, lives up to S... read more

The Twilight Box (Tales of Terre)

Troon Harrison

In The Twilight Box, the second of the fantasy series, Tales of Terre, two teens, Ambro and Noleena, search for their identities and the forces, natural and magical, that will fight the sorcery that has divided and is close to destroying their land.Ambro's lost family may be members of the arrogant ruling class of Terre; Noleena is a pricess of the Wind-wanderers, desert-dwellers who have been... read more

In The Twilight Box, the second of the fantasy series, Tales of Terre, two teens, Ambro and Noleena, search for their identities and the forces, natural and magical, that will fight the sorcery that has divided and is close to destroying their land.Ambro's lost family may be members of the arrogant ruling class of Terre; Noleena is a pricess of the Wind-wanderers, desert-dwellers who have been... read more

Der Eisdrache (German Edition)

Troon Harrison

Der Eisdrache und das mutige Mädchen. Wenn die Eisdrachen davonfliegen, nehmen sie den Winter mit sich fort, der Frühling kann kommen. Darauf wartet das Mädchen voll Sehnsucht. Doch einer der Eisdrachen ist mit verletztem Flügel auf dem Dach des Hauses liegen geblieben. Der Winter wird immer grimmiger, der Hunger immer nagender, die Herzen erstarren in Zorn und Angst. Als die Not so groß wird,... read more

Der Eisdrache und das mutige Mädchen. Wenn die Eisdrachen davonfliegen, nehmen sie den Winter mit sich fort, der Frühling kann kommen. Darauf wartet das Mädchen voll Sehnsucht. Doch einer der Eisdrachen ist mit verletztem Flügel auf dem Dach des Hauses liegen geblieben. Der Winter wird immer grimmiger, der Hunger immer nagender, die Herzen erstarren in Zorn und Angst. Als die Not so groß wird,... read more

Marijuana (Dealing with Drugs)

Troon Harrison Adams

Our Canadian Girl Millie #4 Dandelion Days

Troon Harrison

1915:Millie convinces her mother to let her take the radial railway to stay with her friend Molly, who is living with a family north of Toronto.Molly’s life is full of chores, and after two days Millie is exhausted. But that doesn’t stop her from rescuing a runaway boy who’s been swept away by the rushing Don River.When Millie learns why he’s run away, she helps hide him until she can find him... read more

1915:Millie convinces her mother to let her take the radial railway to stay with her friend Molly, who is living with a family north of Toronto.Molly’s life is full of chores, and after two days Millie is exhausted. But that doesn’t stop her from rescuing a runaway boy who’s been swept away by the rushing Don River.When Millie learns why he’s run away, she helps hide him until she can find him... read more

Ride the River (Our Canadian Girl: Millie, Book One)

Troon Harrison

Ten-year-old tomboy Millie MacCallum needs a break from her parents and new baby sister almost as much as they need a break from Millie. So it’s arranged that Millie will spend the summer with her aunt at Stoney Lake in Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes region, one of the province’s first areas of pioneer settlement. It’s 1914 and life in the Kawarthas is much different than Millie’s urban existence in... read more

Ten-year-old tomboy Millie MacCallum needs a break from her parents and new baby sister almost as much as they need a break from Millie. So it’s arranged that Millie will spend the summer with her aunt at Stoney Lake in Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes region, one of the province’s first areas of pioneer settlement. It’s 1914 and life in the Kawarthas is much different than Millie’s urban existence in... read more

Poetry and Potatoes: A Tale of Friendship, Travel and Recipes

Troon Harrison

Sonnet has been away travelling the world for so long that when she arrives back home she doesn't know any of her neighbours. Her attempts to make friends are pretty disastrous, as she's brought some eccentric habits home with her and people just don't know what to make of her tales of adventure...Soon, however, a mysterious stranger starts leaving gifts on her doorstep: who are they from and ... read more

Sonnet has been away travelling the world for so long that when she arrives back home she doesn't know any of her neighbours. Her attempts to make friends are pretty disastrous, as she's brought some eccentric habits home with her and people just don't know what to make of her tales of adventure...Soon, however, a mysterious stranger starts leaving gifts on her doorstep: who are they from and ... read more

Lavender Moon

Troon Harrison

Book by Harrison, Troon

Book by Harrison, Troon

Our Canadian Girl Millie #3 the Star Supper

Troon Harrison

December 1914: Millie is looking forward to a beautiful Victorian Christmas, just as usual. With her father away fighting in the war, she is especially determined to keep holiday traditions alive during this time of turmoil. Although Christmas will be anything but “as usual” this year. With the unexpected arrival of Molly and Feather as well as some new faces, everyone has differing opinions o... read more

December 1914: Millie is looking forward to a beautiful Victorian Christmas, just as usual. With her father away fighting in the war, she is especially determined to keep holiday traditions alive during this time of turmoil. Although Christmas will be anything but “as usual” this year. With the unexpected arrival of Molly and Feather as well as some new faces, everyone has differing opinions o... read more

Our Canadian Girl Millie #2 the Button Necklace

Troon Harrison

It's September 1914. Ten-year-old tomboy Millie MacCallum has just learned that her father, like so many other Canadian men, will be leaving for England to join in the war effort. More bad news: her mother has enrolled her in a new school where she'll be expected to learn languages, dancing, and lady-like deportment. Millie would much rather be paddling a canoe or tucking up her dress to wade ... read more

It's September 1914. Ten-year-old tomboy Millie MacCallum has just learned that her father, like so many other Canadian men, will be leaving for England to join in the war effort. More bad news: her mother has enrolled her in a new school where she'll be expected to learn languages, dancing, and lady-like deportment. Millie would much rather be paddling a canoe or tucking up her dress to wade ... read more

Eye of the Wolf

Troon Harrison

In 2205, the world is in the grip of another Ice Age, the end result of a chain of environmental reactions to humankind's activities. The North is snowbound, impoverished and starved; the border between it and the South is heavily guarded.And somehow, Chandra has to cross that border, illegally and without papers, and make her way through a green land she's never seen. She's prepared to fight ... read more

In 2205, the world is in the grip of another Ice Age, the end result of a chain of environmental reactions to humankind's activities. The North is snowbound, impoverished and starved; the border between it and the South is heavily guarded.And somehow, Chandra has to cross that border, illegally and without papers, and make her way through a green land she's never seen. She's prepared to fight ... read more

Courage to Fly (Northern Lights Books for Children)

Troon Harrison

Alberta Children_s Book of the Year Alberta Book Illustration of the Year Can she find courage in her new big city home? Meg is new to the city with its tall buildings and long shadows. It_s nothing like her Caribbean home. Here, the city closes in on her and she feels safe in her bedroom. But gradually she begins to discover that there_s more to the city than she thought. For instance, there_... read more

Alberta Children_s Book of the Year Alberta Book Illustration of the Year Can she find courage in her new big city home? Meg is new to the city with its tall buildings and long shadows. It_s nothing like her Caribbean home. Here, the city closes in on her and she feels safe in her bedroom. But gradually she begins to discover that there_s more to the city than she thought. For instance, there_... read more

The Floating Orchard

Troon Harrison

Damson lives in the house her great-grandfather built. The orchard is graced by a beautiful plum tree, grown from a plum stone her great-grandmother had carried across the ocean. It was in this house that Damson was born, and it is here she intends to stay among the flowers, animals, and fruit trees she loves.Then comes a time of a great flood that threatens to wash away everything Damson care... read more

Damson lives in the house her great-grandfather built. The orchard is graced by a beautiful plum tree, grown from a plum stone her great-grandmother had carried across the ocean. It was in this house that Damson was born, and it is here she intends to stay among the flowers, animals, and fruit trees she loves.Then comes a time of a great flood that threatens to wash away everything Damson care... read more

The Memory Horse

Troon Harrison

The village is holding a special auction to save the local carousel. People are bidding on the old horses and taking responsibility for refurbishing them. Sarah knows money’s scarce, but her grandfather bids on Starflyer, the horse that his late wife enjoyed riding in the summers of their youth.As grandfather and granddaughter paint the horse, they use symbols of the woman they loved: ribbons ... read more

The village is holding a special auction to save the local carousel. People are bidding on the old horses and taking responsibility for refurbishing them. Sarah knows money’s scarce, but her grandfather bids on Starflyer, the horse that his late wife enjoyed riding in the summers of their youth.As grandfather and granddaughter paint the horse, they use symbols of the woman they loved: ribbons ... read more

Wonderful Junk

Troon Harrison

How do you turn a shrimp sandwich into a horse? Jeremiah the auctioneer discovers how when he learns that one person's junk is another's "wonderful junk". When his truck breaks down, Jeremiah embarks on a series of trades to get himself a horse. He trades his ship-in-a-bottle for an old bicycle. Then the bicycle is exchanged for a bridle, the bridle for a bag of oats, and so on, until he's lef... read more

How do you turn a shrimp sandwich into a horse? Jeremiah the auctioneer discovers how when he learns that one person's junk is another's "wonderful junk". When his truck breaks down, Jeremiah embarks on a series of trades to get himself a horse. He trades his ship-in-a-bottle for an old bicycle. Then the bicycle is exchanged for a bridle, the bridle for a bag of oats, and so on, until he's lef... read more

The Storm Lion Of Penzance

Troon Harrison

Tom, our hero, spent his early childhood in the Victorian English countryside, but poverty forced his widowed mother to move to the western edge of the country and find work in the fish-sheds of Penzance. Tom is terrified of the sea, but he draws comfort, courage and strength from the statues of the lions on the Penzance promenade. A fierce storm that sweeps his uncle's fishing boat from its m... read more

Tom, our hero, spent his early childhood in the Victorian English countryside, but poverty forced his widowed mother to move to the western edge of the country and find work in the fish-sheds of Penzance. Tom is terrified of the sea, but he draws comfort, courage and strength from the statues of the lions on the Penzance promenade. A fierce storm that sweeps his uncle's fishing boat from its m... read more

Kallisto

Troon Harrison

Amelia

Troon Harrison

The Birdman: A Journey with the Underground Railroad's Most Daring Abolitionist

Troon Harrison

Alexander Ross was a Canadian ornithologist, medical doctor and naturalist...and so much more. As a young man in Belleville, in the years before the American Civil War, Alexander was introduced in his parents’ home to slaves who had made their way to freedom through the underground railroad. From that moment on, he dedicated his life to helping slaves escape north to freedom. He travelled to t... read more

Alexander Ross was a Canadian ornithologist, medical doctor and naturalist...and so much more. As a young man in Belleville, in the years before the American Civil War, Alexander was introduced in his parents’ home to slaves who had made their way to freedom through the underground railroad. From that moment on, he dedicated his life to helping slaves escape north to freedom. He travelled to t... read more

The Darkest Hour Series 12: Mirka the Ice Horse (Beast Quest)

Adam Blade

Fifth in the Darkest Hour subseries Tom's bravery and fighting skills are tested to the limit in his next Beast Quest. Is he brave enough to continue with his most challenging Beast Quest yet? Or will Mirka the Ice Horse defeat him?

Fifth in the Darkest Hour subseries Tom's bravery and fighting skills are tested to the limit in his next Beast Quest. Is he brave enough to continue with his most challenging Beast Quest yet? Or will Mirka the Ice Horse defeat him?

The Darkest Hour Series 12: Kajin the Beast Catcher (Beast Quest)

Adam Blade

Second in the Darkest Hour subseries Tom's perilous Beast Quest continues! The Evil Witch Kensa and Sanpao the Pirate King are loose in Avantia, and six new Beasts threaten the land. Will Tom defeat the awesome wolf-Beast Kajin, or will he fall to his doom?

Second in the Darkest Hour subseries Tom's perilous Beast Quest continues! The Evil Witch Kensa and Sanpao the Pirate King are loose in Avantia, and six new Beasts threaten the land. Will Tom defeat the awesome wolf-Beast Kajin, or will he fall to his doom?

The Long Weekend

Troon Harrison

Book by Harrison, Troon

Book by Harrison, Troon

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