While a fifteen-year-old student, Kenneth Oppel wrote his first children's novel, "Colin's Fantastic Video Adventure, " which was published in 1985. After graduating from high school, Oppel attended the University of Toronto, where he studied English and film. In addition to more than a dozen books for children and young adults, Oppel also writes original screenplays, which have been optioned by producers in London, Toronto, and Hollywood. In 1995 he won the Air Canada Literary Award for "a writer under 30 who shows outstanding promise in the field of literary creation." Oppel currently lives in Toronto.