April Henry

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About April Henry

Bestselling writer of thrillers, mysteries, and young adult fiction. Her works include Shock Point, The Night She Disappeared, and the Triple Threat and Claire Montrose series.

Early life

Her debut book, Circles of Confusion, was a finalist for both the Anthony Award and the Agatha Award.

Trivia

When she was twelve years old, she sent one of her stories to renowned children’s author Roald Dahl, who recommended the piece for publication in a popular children’s journal. She is a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a purple belt in kung fu. 

Family of April Henry

She was raised in the town of Medford, Oregon, by a florist mother and a television anchor father.

Close associates of April Henry

She and Lis Wiehl co-wrote the Triple Threat Mystery books.

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Thomas Rhodes Rockwell

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About Thomas Rhodes Rockwell

Award-winning writer of young adult fiction. His best-known works include How to Eat Fried Worms, How to Fight a Girl, and Squawwwk!

Early life

He studied at Princeton University before ultimately graduating from Bard College.

Trivia

He received both the Sequoyah Book Award and the California Young Reader Medal.

Family of Thomas Rhodes Rockwell

He grew up in Vermont and later settled in New York. His father was renowned American artist Norman Rockwell.

Close associates of Thomas Rhodes Rockwell

He was a recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Award.

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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About Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Most famous for her Newbery Medal winning Shiloh series, Naylor also penned The Witch Saga series; the controversial Alice books; the Besseldorf Mysteries, and numerous other works of young adult fiction.

Early life

After earning a bachelor’s degree from American University, she published her debut children’s work, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories.

Trivia

Her first Shiloh novel earned not only the prestigious Newbery Medal, but also the Mark Twain Readers Award; the Sequoyah Children’s Book Award; a Library Association Notable Children’s Book designation; and the William Allen White Children’s Book Award.

Family of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

She grew up in Anderson, Indiana. Her more than five decade marriage to Rex Naylor resulted in sons named Michael and Jeffrey.

Close associates of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

She and fellow young adult fiction writer John Green were both born in Indiana.

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RL Stine

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About RL Stine

American young adult author who is best known for his Goosebumps series. His other horror fiction series include the Fear Street, Mostly Ghostly, and Nightmare Room books. 

Early life

He started writing short stories and joke books at the age of nine, upon finding an old typewriter in the attic. He later studied English at the Ohio State University. 

Trivia

Although he is known for his scary children’s stories, he started out writing for a humor magazine and then for a Nickelodeon cartoon.  

Family of RL Stine

He was born in Columbus, Ohio to Lewis and Anne Stine. He married Jane Waldhorn in 1969, and the couple’s son, Matthew, was born on June 7, 1980.  

Close associates of RL Stine

He is often referred to as the Stephen King of children’s books. 

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Cassandra Clare

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About Cassandra Clare

American writer who is known for her bestselling young adult series, The Mortal Instruments. Her other book series include The Bane Chronicles and The Infernal Devices.

Early life

She was born in Iran to American parents and traveled widely throughout Europe before moving to Los Angeles in her teens. She honed her writing skills as an author of internet fan fiction based on the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series.

Trivia

Her birth name was Judith Rumelt; Cassandra Clare became her pen name.

Family of Cassandra Clare

She married Joshua Lewis, and the couple settled in Amherst, Massachusetts. Both animal lovers, she and Lewis adopted three cats.

Close associates of Cassandra Clare

Screenwriter Doris Wishman was the cousin of Cassandra Clare’s maternal grandfather, film producer Max Rosenberg.

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J.K. Rowling

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About J.K. Rowling

English author who wrote the bestselling Harry Potter fantasy books. Her first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was followed by six equally popular installments, all of which were made into feature films.

Early life

She began writing as a child, creating stories about a rabbit family for her younger sister’s enjoyment. In her early adulthood, Rowling studied Classics and French at the University of Exeter and subsequently accepted a job offer with Amnesty International.

Trivia

She went from depending on welfare programs to becoming a millionaire within five years, and was ranked the 12th richest woman in the UK in 2008.

Family of J.K. Rowling

She was born in Gloucestershire, England to Anne Volant Rowling and engineer Peter James Rowling. J.K. Rowling was married twice: first, to Portuguese broadcast journalist, Jorge Arantes, and, later, to anesthesiologist Neil Michael Murray. Her two marriages resulted in three children: Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes, David Gordon Rowling Murray, and Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray.

Close associates of J.K. Rowling

Daniel Radcliffe played the titular character in the film adaptation of her Harry Potter books.

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