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Jane O'Connor, a native New Yorker, was born and raised on the Upper West Side. After graduating from Smith College, she returned to Manhattan to begin a career in publishing. In addition to stints at Scholastic, Random House, and Penguin (where she served as president and publisher of mass market children's books), Jane has penned dozens of children's books of her own.
Seven of the titles in her Fancy Nancy series (HarperCollins) have hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. Jane's first novel for grownups—a spoofy mystery called Dangerous Admissions (Harper/Avon)—received excellent reviews from The New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal, and Kirkus, plus a starred review in Publishers Weekly. The follow-up, Almost True Confessions, will be released in April 2013.
Get ready to be inspired! Joan Bauer wrote her first YA novel, Squashed (Delacorte), during a long recovery from a major car accident. "The laughter," she writes on her website, "helped me heal."
Ten books and twenty years later, Joan continues to craft books that make readers smile. Her critically acclaimed body of work includes Hope Was Here (G.P. Putnam's Sons), a Newbery Honor Medal winner, and Rules of the Road (G.P. Putnam's Sons), winner of the Los Angeles Time Book Prize. Her latest novel, Almost Home (Viking Juvenile), was released in September 2012.
Join educators Melissa Leisner, Amy Bender, and Nancy Kalush for activities and tips on teaching with Joan Bauer's books over the course of an entire school year!
Award-winning children's picture book creator Chris Soentpiet (pronounced SOON-peet) won the gold medal, the Society of Illustrator's top prize, for his historical picture book, Peacebound Trains (Sandpiper). His other prestigious honors include Parents Magazine's Best Book of the Year for Something Beautiful (Doubleday Books for Young Readers) and the Parents' Choice Gold Award for Coolies (Philomel).
A three-time winner of the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award—for More Than Anything Else (Orchard Books), Molly Bannaky (Sandpiper), and Coolies—Chris promotes the love of children's literature and the arts by speaking at schools and libraries across the country.