Awesome Authors #19: Lois Duncan

I hadn’t thought about Lois Duncan in years! Born in April 1934, she was the oldest child of professional magazine photographers. Raised in Pennsylvania at first, her family relocated to Florida, where her parents became circus photographers. She played in the woods and read. Duncan started writing and submitting manuscripts to magazines at age 10. […]

Awesome Authors #18: Sarah Dessen

I’m long overdue for an Awesome Authors post. I inhaled Sarah Dessen’s books when I was in high school and college. Dessen was born in June 1970 in Evanston, Illinois. Her parents, Alan and Cynthia, taught classicism and Shakespearean literature at the University of North Carolina. When she was 15, Dessen became involved with a […]

Awesome Authors #16: Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg was practically a household name when I was younger. He has created some of the most beautifully illustrated books I have ever seen. Our future kids will definitely know about him, too. Born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, in June 1949. Van Allsburg has an older sister. His parents moved a few […]