I come from teaching stock. My mother was a teacher, my aunt was a teacher, my mother-in-law is a teacher, my sister is a teacher, my daughter is as well. My grandmother told stories that taught about the human condition. It's true that my grandfather was a dentist, but that did teach me to floss regularly. I come from people who went to the library, who read constantly, who told stories to understand the world, who understood the connections between pain and laughter, who felt guilty when a book was overdue -- terribly guilty. But, what can you do? Life just gets in the way sometimes.
I've created this site to hopefully make your a job a little easier when you're considering my books. I must admit, that there is guilt on my hands -- guilt that I should have been a better student in high school. My sophomore english teacher cornered me in the hall once, snarling, "I want to know why you're not trying in my class!" I wanted to know that, too. You see, I'm the one you thought had potential, but back then, I couldn't find much of that in myself. I'm the one you thought could handle advanced study, but at that time in my life I couldn't. I'm the one who didn't come back to say good-bye, but what I learned from you was waiting to spring forth at the right time.
And so I offer this resource page. It's dedicated to all the teachers I've had and especially the ones that I drove crazy. I meant to get this done earlier, I swear, but you know, life just gets in the way sometimes.
May this be a place that helps you. I hope you'll come back often.
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For additional information on several of my books, see the "All About" pages for:
For criticism and interpretation of my work, see Teen Reads: Student Companions to Young Adult LIterature -- JOAN BAUER by Alleen Pace Nilsen, Greenwood Press, 2008.