Vince Ford is a children's writer who has worked as a video producer, a jackaroo on a 400,000-acre Australian property, and a labourer in salt mines. Since his first book 2Much4U won the 1998 Tom Fitzgibbon Award, he has become a prolific author of books that combine humour with rural life in New Zealand. His series include Sports Max, and the more recent Chronicles of Stone books. Ford received the 2001 Creative New Zealand Iowa Writer's Residency and was Otago University's 2007 Children's Writer in Residence.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ford, Vince (1970 –) is a children's writer.
His first book, 2Much4U won the 1998 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for best children's fiction by a previously unpublished author. 2Much4U also won Best in Junior Fiction at the 2000 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
‘Small town New Zealand life is portrayed accurately and warmly. Highly recommended,’ writes a reviewer in Reading Time.
Accidentally setting alight a fertiliser spreading vehicle is the unusual source of inspiration for 2Much4U. Vince Ford has never forgotten the guilt he felt watching his vehicle — and the surrounding 20 hectares of wheat stubble — burn when he was working in Western Australia. The hero of 2Much4U is similarly guilt-stricken when he accidentally sets his mother's car alight, and the book follows his various attempts to earn enough money to replace the car.
SoMuch2Do (2002) and Possums2U (2002) are sequels to 2Much4U. SoMuch2Do follows the gang's exploits as they attempt to create their own business empires as part of a school project. In Possums2U, Davin and his friends attempt to catch 100 live possums. Things turn to custard when they find themselves trapped at the back of the farm with nothing to eat except caged possums. The Dare Club was also published in 2002.
Possums2U was listed as a 2003 Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Book.
It's A Try is another in the 'Sports Max' series, rugby and the tall poppy syndrome are themes.
Ford has worked as a video producer, a Jackaroo on a 400,000 acre Australian property, and a labourer in salt mines. Vince Ford received the 2001 Creative New Zealand Iowa Writer's Residency.
In A Handful of Blue (2003), more than an approaching cyclone hangs over Jeremy's family and their Makorori Beach home. A Handful of Blue was listed as a 2004 Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Book.
In 2004, Ford travelled to Melbourne with the Book Council's International Writer Exchange Programme.
Boyznbikes (2006), was published by Scholastic and it was shortlisted in the junior fiction category for the 2008 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Boyznbikes was also listed as a 2007 Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Book.
Scorched Bone (Scholastic, 2008) is the first in the 'Chronicles of Stone' trilogy. It follows the adventures of twins as they journey to discover secrets that could change their tribe forever. Vince Ford researched the series in the United States and it revolves around the adoption of spear throwers and Clovis points, technology that allowed tribes to move onto the plains and hunt mammoth and bison. It was listed as a 2009 Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Book, and was shortlisted for the 2009 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Set in Stone and Tribal Ash complete the series. Tribal Ash (Scholastic New Zealand) was listed as a 2010 Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Book.
Ford's most recent work is Jonty and Choc, published by Scholastic in 2010. Jonty and Choc are best mates- one Pakeha, one Maori. The story opens with the boys on their final day of primary school, pulling pranks on their teachers. They go to the beach and find a mysterious lump, which Choc is inexplicably drawn to. The lump causes him to have dreams of ancient times, but also makes him angry...
MEDIA LINKS AND CLIPS
- Vince Ford on Christchurch Library's Interviews with NZ Children's Authors
- a handful of blue features in the Spring 2003 Issue of BRAT: Books for Readers and Teachers
- Vince Ford's Storylinesprofile
- Vince Ford's Facebook page
Updated January 2017.