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Marjorie W. Sharmat

About Marjorie W. Sharmat

American children s author best known for her series Nate the Great, about a child detective. As of 2014, she had written over 130 children s books.

Early life

Her first book published was Goodnight, Andrew; Goodnight Craig in 1969.


The film adaptation of her book Nate the Great Goes Undercover won the Los Angeles International Children s Film Festival Award.

Family of Marjorie W. Sharmat

She was born in Portland, Maine and raised alongside her sister Rosalind. She was married to Mitchell Sharmat.

Close associates of Marjorie W. Sharmat

She was a contemporary of Russell Hoban, and his wife illustrated one of her books.

Travis Flores

About Travis Flores

California-born author who published his first children s book, The Spider Who Never Gave Up, at the age of thirteen. The work was illustrated by Michelle Ciappa.

Early life

His battle with cystic fibrosis inspired him to become the spokesman for both the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He also managed a nonprofit organization that gave laptop computers to chronically ill young people.


He studied acting at Marymount Manhattan College. He attended graduate school at New York University.

Family of Travis Flores

He was raised by Timothy and Teresa Flores; he grew up with two siblings: Justin and Brandon.

Close associates of Travis Flores

He acted alongside actress Susan Batson in a Broadway workshop production of In Masks Outrageous and Austere, a lesser-known play by Tennessee Williams.

Liz Pichon

About Liz Pichon

British children s book writer and illustrator who wrote The Very Ugly Bug and the Tom Gates series. She won a 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize, a 2012 Red House Children s Book Award, and a 2012 Waterstone s Children s Book Prize for her first Tom Gates book, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates.

Early life

She was a graphic design student at Camberwell School of Art in London and then worked as an art director for the music label Jive Records.


As an illustrator, she helped Mary Joslin win the 1999 National Parenting Publications Award for her poetry compilation Twilight Rhymes Moonlight Verse.

Family of Liz Pichon

She grew up with two older sisters and one older brother. She married Mark Flannery.

Close associates of Liz Pichon

She was an illustrator for Julia Donaldson s Spinderella.

Florence Atwater

About Florence Atwater

Co-wrote the children s classic book Mr. Poppers Penguins with her husband Richard Atwater. The book was not accepted for publication in its first two attempts, however, following Richard s stroke, she revised the story and the rest is history.

Early life

She studied French Literature at the University of Chicago and worked for The Chicago Literary Monthly as a co-editor.


She wrote for publications such as The New Yorker and The Atlantic.

Family of Florence Atwater

She married Richard Atwater in 1921 and was with him until he departed in 1948. They had two children Doris and Carroll.

Close associates of Florence Atwater

Jim Carrey starred in the film adaptation of Mr. Popper s Penguins in 2011.

Felice Arena

About Felice Arena

Australian children s author who wrote the Specky Magee series and the Andy Roid series. His other serial works include the Farticus Maximus and Stick Dudes books.

Early life

He studied primary education at La Trobe University, but pursued an acting career instead, appearing in London West End productions of Godspell and Hair. He published his first literary work, Dolphin Boy Blue, in 1996.


He was awarded the Kids Own Australian Literature Awards Legend Award in 2013.

Family of Felice Arena

He was born in Kyabram, Victoria, and he lived for a time in London.

Close associates of Felice Arena

He appeared for a year on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, which starred actor Alan Dale.

Johanna Hurwitz

About Johanna Hurwitz

Famous for dozens of acclaimed children s books, Hurwitz penned fiction works such as Magical Monty and The Adventures of Ali Baba, as well as biographies of such historical and artistic figures as Anne Frank and Leonard Bernstein.

Early life

When she was ten years old, she published a poem on the topic of her love for books. Nearly three decades later, while working as a librarian, she published her debut children s book, Busybody Nora.


Her book The Just Desserts Club includes both recipes and pieces of short fiction.

Family of Johanna Hurwitz

A native of New York City and the child of literary enthusiasts, she received a bachelor s degree in English from Queens College and a master s degree in library science from Columbia University. Her marriage resulted in a son and a daughter, both of whom served as inspirations for her Riverside Kids children s series.

Close associates of Johanna Hurwitz

She penned a biography of the famous blind and deaf writer and activist Helen Keller.