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Shaun Tan was born in 1974 in Fremantle, Western Australia. He is an artist, writer, and film maker. In 2006, his wordless graphic novel The Arrival won the "Book of the Year" prize as part of the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. The same book won the Children's Book Council of Australia "Picture Book of the Year" award in 2007 and the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize in 2006. For his career contribution to "children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense" Tan won the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council, the biggest prize in children's literature. In 2015 his title, Rules of Summer, was one of four books selected for the United States Board of Books for Young People list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. His book, The Singing Bones, won the 2015 Aurealis Awards for Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated work. He had two books published in 2018, Cicada. and Tales From the Inner City (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Arrival 3,572 copies, 345 reviews
Tales from Outer Suburbia 1,283 copies, 104 reviews
The Red Tree 743 copies, 42 reviews
The Lost Thing 610 copies, 21 reviews
Lost & Found 489 copies, 48 reviews
Rules of Summer 349 copies, 47 reviews
The Singing Bones 233 copies, 12 reviews
Cicada 229 copies, 11 reviews
Tales From the Inner City 210 copies, 20 reviews
Eric 139 copies, 6 reviews
Memorial (Illustrator) 126 copies, 3 reviews
The Viewer (Illustrator) 102 copies, 4 reviews
The Haunted Playground 46 copies, 4 reviews
Sketches from a Nameless Land 32 copies, 1 review
The Wayfarer Redemption (Cover artist, some editions) 2,110 copies, 27 reviews
Starman (Cover artist, some editions) 1,471 copies, 13 reviews
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version (Illustrator, some editions) 1,212 copies, 36 reviews
Pretty Monsters: Stories (Illustrator, some editions) 1,127 copies, 61 reviews
Sinner (Cover artist, some editions) 1,062 copies, 5 reviews
Pilgrim (Cover artist, some editions) 894 copies, 2 reviews
Crusader (Cover artist, some editions) 811 copies, 4 reviews
The Nameless Day (Cover artist, some editions) 556 copies, 6 reviews
Threshold (Cover artist, some editions) 552 copies, 8 reviews
The Rabbits (Illustrator) 432 copies, 21 reviews
Beyond the Hanging Wall (Cover artist, some editions) 386 copies, 7 reviews
The Wounded Hawk (Cover artist, some editions) 381 copies, 4 reviews
The Crippled Angel (Cover artist, some editions) 344 copies, 4 reviews
Guys Read: Other Worlds (Contributor) 192 copies, 4 reviews
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (Illustrator) 173 copies, 3 reviews
The Stone Mage and the Sea (Cover artist, some editions) 111 copies, 4 reviews
Growing Up Asian in Australia (Contributor) 85 copies, 3 reviews
The Resurrected Man (Cover artist, some editions) 71 copies, 2 reviews
The Sky Warden and the Sun (Cover artist, some editions) 69 copies, 2 reviews
The Storm Weaver and the Sand (Cover artist, some editions) 60 copies, 1 review
The Book That Made Me (Contributor) 60 copies, 6 reviews
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume VIII (Illustrator, some editions) 44 copies, 1 review
Our lady of Chernobyl (Illustrator, some editions) 32 copies
The man who lost red (Illustrator, some editions) 31 copies, 1 review
The Wrong Grave [subset 1 of 2] (Illustrator, some editions) 22 copies, 1 review
The Doll (Illustrator) 18 copies, 4 reviews
Trapped (Illustrator) 14 copies, 2 reviews
Bonescribes: Year's Best Australian Horror - 1995 (Cover artist, some editions) 13 copies
Written in Blood [collection] (Cover artist, some editions) 12 copies
Blackwater days (Cover artist, some editions) 12 copies
The Stray Cat (After Dark) (some editions) 8 copies, 1 review
The Half Dead (Illustrator, some editions) 7 copies
The Puppet (After Dark 35) (Illustrator, some editions) 7 copies
AussieCon4 68th World Science Fiction Convention (Cover artist, interviewee) 5 copies, 1 review
Eidolon I (Cover artist, some editions) 5 copies
Australis imaginarium (Cover artist, some editions) 3 copies
Air Fish [anthology] (Cover artist) 1 copy
Fireflaught (Cover artist, some editions) 1 copy
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