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"High-octane and laugh-out-loud" — Publisher's Weekly

"Engrossing and inventive" — Kirkus

"Heartfelt and moving" — Shelf Discovery

"Echoes of Jules Verne and Roald Dahl" — Booklist

"Never a dull moment" — Forever Lost in Literature

"Perfect for summer reading" — Cracking the Cover

"Sweet and fun-filled" — Starry Constellation Magazine

Critics call Taylor’s work:

Taylor Tyng writes fantastical fiction for middle grade readers.

Taylor Tyng is an American author of fantastical fiction for young readers. His first novel, CLARA POOLE AND THE LONG WAY ROUND, was called "an engrossing and inventive flight through the skies" by Kirkus Reviews and a "soaring debut with echoes of Jules Verne and Roald Dahl" by Booklist. It is book one in an ongoing series.


Taylor Tyng got to writing late. After spending his early years performing in LA rock clubs, Taylor created a design agency and a software company for the advertising and entertainment industries, surrounding himself with the art of storytelling. He's created designs that have traveled to space, written songs for film, played bit roles in bad movies, and occasionally does dumb things like rocketing down bobsled tracks or snorkeling in Iceland. As a lifelong dyslexic, Taylor never imagined becoming an author was on the list, which only proves how random and remarkable life's journey can be.


When Taylor isn't writing he is busy renovating a 1700s farmhouse that just might fall down. He lives outside Boston with his wife, two daughters, and a very busy miniature Australian Shepherd.


Literary representation: Erin Clyburn, Howland Literary

Press inquiries: Sara DiSalvo, Pixel+Ink/Holiday House

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Phantom Tollbooth, The Secret History, Harry Potter, Watership Down, The Hobbit, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Night Circus, A Monster Calls, Piranesi, The Alchemist.


Goonies, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands, Super 8, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Pan's Labyrinth, and, of course, JAWS.


"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." — Roald Dahl


Nonsense, egg sandwiches, thunderstorms, snorkeling, ski trips, Belgian ale, long talks in the kitchen, dogs, more dogs, Peter Gabriel, fried chicken, The SUNDAYS, and a whole lot of gratitude.​

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