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Diane Duane’s Wizardry

 Diane Duane (1952-present) didn’t begin publishing her books for kids and teens until I was almost out of her targeted demographic. I admit that I did not hear about her in 1979, 1983 or even 1985 when her first three books came out and I was still in middle and high school. Instead, I came across her Book …

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From Princess Academy to Ever After High

Shannon Hale (1974-present) has been publishing for middle grade readers and young adults since 2003. She began writing at the age of ten, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Here is one author who followed a straight path to her dream! She did take a side step here …

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Imagination Can Take You Places

Imagination can take you places. That is the message author, Brandon Mull (1974 – present), tells kids all over the country when he meets them. His stories prove this to be true! I first came across Mr. Mull’s books when I picked up Fablehaven ( 2006) in my local Barnes and Noble. I had been …

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The Magic of the Late Eva Ibbotson

I didn’t discover Eva Ibbotson’s magical novels until I was an adult. Ms. Ibbotson (1925-2010) was an Australian-born British novelist who write novels for kids and young adults. She was born to non-practicing Jewish parents in Austria. Her father was a pioneer in fertility treatment; her mom was a writer. After her parents divorced when …

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The Funke of Children’s Lit

Cornela Funke, that is! 🙂 Cornelia Funke is a German author (1958 – present). She has written a number of children’s books that I have enjoyed, beginning with The Thief Lord (2000). The main characters, Prosper and Bo, run away and join a gang of street urchins run by The Thief Lord. They live lives …

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Non-sparkly Vampires and the Ones Who Hunt Them

Cassandra Clare (aka Judith Rumelt) is an American author who wrote The Mortal Instruments series. The first three books of this series have been in my to-read pile for quite a while now. I finally picked up City of Bones (2007)and was sucked right in to a dark world where demons live among us and …

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I Wish I Could Fly to Fairyland, Too!

In 2011, Caherynne M. Valente (1979- present) wrote a wonderful book called The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making. It is one of those magical stories that will sweep you up and away and drop you back home changed for the better. With characters named September and Saturday, Gleam and …

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The Universal Appeal of Dragons

Ask any hardcore YA fantasy fan and they will tell you that the Dragonriders of Pern rocks! Written by Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011). Ms. McCaffrey was born in the United States but later emigrated to Ireland when the country exempted resident artists from income taxes. She began her writing career with short stories in the 1950s, …

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