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Ron Roy

Biography

Ron Roy

Ron Roy was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His parents named him Wallace Ronald Roy, but he shortened the name to Ron Roy. He was a shy kid, and spent much of his time studying nature and reading. He loved school and used to win all the spelling bees.
 
His favorite teacher was Mr. Ben Hancock, who taught him to love books, how to hit a baseball and how to catch a fish. Because of Mr. Hancock’s influence, he decided to become a teacher himself some day, so after college and graduate school, he became a fourth grade teacher. But somewhere along the way he started writing children’s stories and sending them to publishing companies. 
 
In 1978, he sold his first children’s book. That was one of the most exciting days of his life. Soon he left teaching and became a full time writer. In 1997 he started writing the A to Z Mysteries series. Now he is working on Capital Mysteries. Millions of children are reading these books, which makes him very happy.

Ron Roy

Books by Ron Roy

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

It’s Valentine’s Day in Green Lawn! But Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose just aren’t feeling the love this year. Valentine’s Day was so much more fun when they were little. Then they each start getting messages and clues from a secret admirer! Can the kids figure out who wants to be their Valentine?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Thar she blows! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are on an Alaskan whale watching adventure. On their first day, they see a mother orca and her calf. But the next day, the baby orca is missing! The calf needs its mother’s milk. Can the kids solve this whale of a mystery?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Look out, London! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are thrilled to see Big Ben, ride the London Eye and tour Madame Tussauds wax museum. Then big news hits --- someone has stolen Queen Elizabeth’s jewels right outside Windsor Castle! The friends head to the castle to check for clues. But can three kids from Green Lawn find evidence that Scotland Yard has missed?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction

In the tenth book of the Calendar Mysteries, there's a haunted house in Green Lawn! It's Halloween, and the Shangri-la Hotel has transformed into a haunted house, complete with an ogre out front. Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy are ready for some scary fun, but when they notice that none of the kids who have gone in the hotel have come back out, they have to find out what's happening.

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Fireworks and dragons and…a missing girl? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are in San Francisco, home of the biggest Chinatown outside Asia. They plan to watch the famous Chinese New Year parade and see Miss Chinatown ride by in a giant float. But during the parade, Miss Chinatown disappears, and so does her crown! Can the kids crack the case?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Is there a real Headless Horseman haunting Sleepy Hollow? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose will sleep in a cabin, take a haunted hayride and go to a party near an old graveyard. But strange things start happening that don’t seem to be part of the spooky fun. Has the famous ghost story come to life? 

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

It’s winter in Washington, D.C.! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are visiting the White House in snowy December, when they meet the president's stepdaughter, KC, and her friend Marshall. But in the confusion caused by all the people decorating the White House for Christmas, the president's dog goes missing! All five kids set out to find her, but it's not going to be easy. It's getting dark, and a monster snowstorm is on the way. Will they find the presidential pooch in time?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

The hunt is on! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are spending Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. They can't wait to see the sights and have a Thanksgiving dinner, just like the Pilgrims would have eaten. Then the kids learn about a sapphire necklace that went missing on the real Mayflower. Could the 400-year-old treasure be hidden somewhere nearby? And will someone else find it before they do? 

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Welcome to summer camp for detectives! The kids can’t wait to spend a week following clues and learning about the science of crime solving. Soon all the campers are working on a mystery. But while Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are figuring out their part of the puzzle, they stumble onto something suspicious. Could a real crime be happening at detective camp?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Z is for Zombie…There’s a zombie on the loose! When Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose visit the Louisiana bayous, they meet a village with one spooky problem. Locals say a silver-haired zombie is digging up graves in the cemetery. Are the stories real? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose will unearth the truth!

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Y is for Yacht…There’s trouble in paradise! The kids are having a great time swimming, snorkeling and soaking up the sun in Costra. But the fun is cut short when there’s a robbery on the island. Is the heist connected to a mysterious yacht docked nearby? It’s up to Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose to find out.

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

X is for X-Ray…X marks the spot! When the kids go to a concert, Dink injures his arm. At the same time, the singer’s diamond necklace is stolen. Are the two mishaps connected? And could Dink’s X-ray have the answers? It’s up to Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose to examine the evidence!

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

W is for Wolf...Where could those wolves be? When the kids visit the Maine wilderness, they spot a white mother wolf and her babies on a cliff. But soon after that, the pups are stolen! Can Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose sniff out the culprits?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

V is for Vampire...Grab your garlic! When the kids follow a mysterious pale and dark-haired stranger into Ellie’s Diner, he suddenly vanishes! Then they see a cut on Ellie’s neck. Could it be a vampire bite? And will Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose be his next victims?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

U is for Umpire...Play ball! While the whole town of Green Lawn is watching the women take on the men in a charity baseball game, Mr. Pocket’s prized baseball collection is stolen! The police suspect the umpire of foul play. Can Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose prove his innocence...or will they strike out?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

T is for T. Rex...It’s the biggest mystery yet! The kids’ friend Jud brings a surprise to Green Lawn --- a giant talking, moving T. rex statue! This touring T. rex will help raise funds for a dinosaur museum. But after the show, Jud’s money disappears. Can Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose track down the cash and solve this prehistoric pickle?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

S is for Skeleton...It’s a bona fide mystery at Dink’s school! Someone has stolen Mr. Bones, the skeleton from the nurse’s office. Soon mysterious clues start showing up all over the school. Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose must follow the clues and put those old bones to rest.

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

R is for Racehorse...And they’re off! The kids can’t wait to see Uncle Warren’s racehorse Whirlaway’s big event. But then the horse disappears. He shows up the next day, just in time to lose the race. Why is Whirlaway suddenly so slow? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are on the case!

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

Q is for Quicksand...Quack, quack --- ducks crossing! Green Lawn is raising funds for a special bridge to keep ducks safe when they cross River Road. But then the money is stolen! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are on a quest to get it back. Not even quicksand can stop them…

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

P is for Panda...There’s panda-monium in Green Lawn! The town is building a new park for a panda and her baby. But soon, the baby is panda-napped for a million-dollar ransom. Can Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose solve the puzzle before Green Lawn has to pay up?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

O is for Orange...An art thief is on the loose! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are visiting Dink’s uncle Warren in New York City when a painting is stolen from his apartment. A trail of orange peels and an orange hair are the only clues. Can the kids catch this crafty --- and hungry --- crook?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

N is for Nugget...Howdy from Montana, pardners! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are spending a week at a dude ranch. When they pan for gold, Josh finds a huge nugget. But gold fever has struck, and soon the nugget is stolen. It’s up to the kids to round up the thief.

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

M is for Mummy...Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose want their mummy! It’s Mummy Monday at the museum, and the kids get to see a child mummy in an actual tomb. But then someone robs the tomb and steals the mummy. Can the three friends unravel the mystery?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

L is for Lucky...Lucky O’Leary has never been lucky --- until his grandfather sends him a winning lottery ticket! But before Lucky can collect the cash, someone steals the ticket. Has Lucky’s luck run out for good? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose take a chance on this unlucky mystery.

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

K is for Kidnapped...The king and queen of Costra have been kidnapped. For his own safety, Prince Sammi comes to Green Lawn to hide out at Dink’s house. But then Sammi is captured, too! Who kidnapped the king and his family? It’s a royal mystery for Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose.

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

J is for Jewel...New York is the emerald city! Dink’s uncle’s museum there has a new treasure --- a golden jaguar statue with an emerald between its paws. But someone swaps the jewel for a fake! Who stole the jaguar’s jewel? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are sure to find out!

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

I is for Island...It’s picnic time! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose pack up a basket and wade out to Squall Island. Right away, they find a hundred-dollar bill in the sand! But when they come back the next day, the entire island has mysteriously disappeared. What is the secret of Squall Island?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

H is for Haunted...a ghost has checked into the Shangri-la Hotel! It's almost Halloween, and reports of strange sounds and even stranger sights are coming from Green Lawn's only hotel. Every day, more and more guests are being scared away. Everyone else is getting scared, too! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose must figure out what's going on and catch the ghost --- before Green Lawn turns into a ghost town!

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

G is for Gold...There’s sunken treasure off the Florida coast! On the day after they arrive for vacation, Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose meet two men who are diving for gold from their boat, the Golden Goose. They promise to share with anyone who backs their plan. Is it too good to be true?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

F is for Falcon...Find those falcons! After Josh discovers a falcons’ nest, he checks on the young birds every day. But when he tries to show Dink and Ruth Rose, the nest is empty! Could someone have taken the baby falcons? Soar into the mystery with Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose!

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

E is for Envelope...Who is sending letters to Dink? All week long, Dink has been getting strange mail. The envelopes are addressed to “D. Duncan,” but the letters inside are for someone named Doris. Plus, one envelope is empty! Could it be a secret code? And can Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose crack it?

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

D is for Dungeon...Get ready for a sleepover --- in a castle! Soon after the kids arrive at Moose Manor in Maine, they hear strange sounds behind the walls. Does this castle have a hidden dungeon? And could it be haunted? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are dying to find out!

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

C is for Canary...Green Lawn has a pet problem! Dink’s neighbor can’t find her canary. Ruth Rose’s cat, Tiger, has also disappeared. Then the kids hear about two more missing critters. Is there a pet-napper in town? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are on the case!

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

A is for author...A famous writer is coming to Green Lawn! Dink rushes to the bookstore to meet his favorite author, Wallis Wallace, and get all his books signed. But the author never shows up! Where is Wallis Wallace? It’s up to Dink and his friends Josh and Ruth Rose to track him down.

written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

B is for Bandit...There’s a bank robber in Green Lawn! A red-haired kid took a video of the crime, but nobody can find him. Without the video, will the robber go free? Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose must track down that kid --- before the bandit does!