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Shelley Tanaka

Shelley Tanaka is a prolific author, chiefly of non-fiction for children and young adults.  She is also an editor, adapter, translator and even illustrator.  She was born in Toronto, completed undergraduate studies at Queen’s University and an M.A. in comparative literature at the University of Toronto. Tanaka was the fiction editor for Groundwood books for more than 35 years. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Fiction (Juvenile, picture book)

Michi’s New Year

Illustrated by Ron Berg.
Toronto: Irwin, 1980.

Publisher’s Synopsis


Fiction (Juvenile)

Nobody Knows

Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2012.

Publisher’s Synopsis

A powerful and moving novel about four children who are abandoned by their mother and forced to survive on their own. Based on the award-winning film Nobody Knows, inspired by actual events that took place in Tokyo.

Fiction (Juvenile)

Anne of Green Gables

New York: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1998.


An adaptation of the classic novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery featuring the spirited orphan who finds a home in rural Prince Edward Island.


Shelley Tanaka member profile at the Writers’ Union of Canada

Publisher House of Anansi Press