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Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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Live an Interesting Life

Live an Interesting Life

Read John’s latest motivational book on how to live a life without boredom. In his book, he takes the same elements used in storytelling and incorporates them into real life.

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Find out who John Reynolds Gardiner, Children's Author, truly was in his author biography. His career in writing is described, starting from his initial childhood refusal to read books.

Author Biography


December 6, 1944 – March 4, 2006

Winner of the Southern California Children's Literature Award in 1980 for his book Stone Fox

Winner of the PEN Award for his book Top Secret

John Reynolds Gardiner, Children's Author, passed away in 2006, leaving behind a wife and children. His transformative work continues to impact generations of readers with imaginative storytelling and authentic advice. The author from Huntington Beach, California, wrote primarily to students in fourth through sixth grades but connected with people of all ages.

Low grades in English classes never dulled his sense of wonder in storytelling, and his life story made him an important role model in schools and beyond. When people asked the children's book author how he wrote his stories, he replied that he simply told them. His ability to relate to children made his work special, and his family chose to commemorate his own story to preserve his memory.

The Story of Stone Fox

Based on a Rocky Mountain legend, Stone Fox is an adventuresome tale that explores themes of perseverance, generosity, and competition. Celebrated for its ability to weave a complex narrative that still connects with younger audiences, the story's characters each have something crucial at stake in the National Dogsled Race. As each competitor strives to overcome personal challenges, they intersect with one another in a headlong slide toward an ending that's sure to leave readers with valuable life lessons. Seamlessly threading in excitement, wonder, and compelling twists, this award-winning novel is available on Amazon.

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