Mr. Ormondroyd grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. During WWII he served onboard a destroyer escort, participating in the invasions of Okinawa and Iwo Jima.
After the war he attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English. Later he went back for a master’s degree in library science.
He lived in Berkely for 25 years, working at various jobs while he wrote children’s books. He and his wife Joan moved to upstate New York in 1970. They live in the country near Ithaca, in a house designed and partly built by Edward. Their seven children are all grown and independent. They have two grandsons and a granddaughter. Edward’s interests include studying piano, gardening, books, birds, flowers (wild and tame), and listening to classical music.