Lee Edward Födi

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Lee Edward Födi is a children's author, illustrator, and educator—or, as he likes to think of himself, a daydreaming specialist.

He is the author of The Secret of Zoone (HarperCollins Children's Books) and the The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar (Simply Read Books), which include The Box of Whispers, The Door to Unger, The Shard from Greeve, The Crack in Kazah, and The Search for Arazeen.

He has also illustrated several picture books for other authors, including The Chocolatier's Apprentice (a national bestseller) and I'll Follow the Moon.

He enjoys mythology, history, and the mysteries of the universe. During his free time, he is a traveller, adventurer, and builder of dragon eggs. He lives in Vancouver with his wife, Marcie, and his son, Hi
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Lee Edward Födi I don't think I get writer's block in the way that I understand other people do. I don't ever feel I have a dearth of ideas; it's quite the opposite, …moreI don't think I get writer's block in the way that I understand other people do. I don't ever feel I have a dearth of ideas; it's quite the opposite, and so the frustration comes in trying to sort out which is the best path forward in a plot.

Don't get me wrong; as I write I experience moments of extreme frustration, but this is usually because I know what I want to emotionally achieve in a plot arc, a scene, or even a moment, and I just can't hit the right notes at that moment.

I try to be more patient with myself. If I am feeling stuck, I generally turn away from the computer and go back to my notebook or my sketchbook to draw and doodle. This helps me discover a lot of details to do with plot or character minutia, which I can then go and put into words. If that doesn't work, I often start building things that are connected to the world I'm trying to write. These activities distract my mind from the specific frustration, but at the same time keep me involved in my story.

When all else fails, I go for a walk or a bike ride. I can't tell you the number of times I've found the "perfect" idea and had to race back to the studio!(less)
Lee Edward Födi I read mostly middle grade and YA books because of my work as a specialized arts educator (I teach a lot of creative writing and art classes to tweens…moreI read mostly middle grade and YA books because of my work as a specialized arts educator (I teach a lot of creative writing and art classes to tweens and teens). Some of the book I read this summer include Mya's Strategy to Save the World, Embrace the Chicken, Cub, This Time Will be Different, and The Serpent's Secret. All highly recommended!(less)
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I’m so proud of the kids! Despite all the extra challenges this past term, everyone finished up a book in my two creative writing classes that I teach through CWC.


Like so many classes,  we were forced to transition to teaching through online platforms halfway through the term due to COVID. Teaching anything creative is hard to do on screen, but we muddled through. The hardest part, though? Designi

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A fun recent escape I had was with Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical witch by @julieabebooks.
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The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el reminded me so much of Winnie-the-Pooh and the adventures in the 100-Acre Wood. It is filled with the same gentle whimsies and wisdoms, provided throughout by a wonderful cast of animal characters (as well as th ...more
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Simply adored this book. It’s full of mystery, monsters, eccentric characters, and an absolutely wonderful narrative voice. The delightful premise: Herbert Lemon works as the Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, which means he manages all th ...more
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I absolutely adored this book and I can honestly say that there wasn’t a single story that I didn’t like. In fact, after each one, I found myself saying, “This one is my favorite!”

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This book is going to stick with me for a long time. It's a haunting and compelling novel set against the backdrop of the race riots in Kuala Lumpur in 1969. This premise already offers danger around every corner, but add to that the main character, ...more
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“There is an Unger who lives on the other side of the marsh, in the boot of a giant. Seven children she has. Exactly half of them are boys. How can this be?”
Lee Edward Födi, Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers

“Your problem, Kendra, is that you can easily imagine using magic. What you have to do now is imagine the magic itself.”
Lee Edward Födi, Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve
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