Matthew J. Kirby: Mormon Author
Matthew J. Kirby is the author of middle grade children’s books. His titles include The Clockwork Three, written in 2010, which made the 2010 Publishers Weekly Flying Starts. His second, Icefall (2011), won the 2012 Edgar Award for Juvenile Fiction. He has also written Infinity Ring Book 5: Cave of Wonders (2013), The Lost Kingdom (2013), The Quantum League Book 1: Spell Robbers (2014), A Taste for Monsters (2016), and Last Descendants, An Assassin’s Creed series, Book 2: Tomb of the Khan (2016). He also wrote The Dark Gravity Sequence, Books 1 and 2: The Arctic Code (2015) and Island of the Sun (2016). Kirby has been awarded the PEN Center USA award for Children’s Literature and the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, and has been named to the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing and the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults lists.
Kirby has written poetry “In Their Element” (2005) and short fiction “Letters on Natural Magic” (2005).
Kirby is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lives in Utah with his wife, Jaime, and three step-children. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Utah State University and his master’s in school psychology and works as a school psychologist.