Wendelin Van Draanen





Wendelin Van Draanen

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January 06, 1965

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Van Draanen was born in Chicago, Illinois. One of her early influences was Dandelion Wine . According to the author, the book was "about the magic of growing up and [it] reminded me of all the wonderful mischief my brothers and I got into when we were young." Bradbury's work inspired Van Draanen to write How I Survived Being a Girl, which was published by HarperCollins in 1997. Other early influences include Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Encyclopedia Brown. In college, the Van Draanen family business was burned down, leading to financial hardship. Wendelin turned to writing to alleviate stress and she published her first book in 1997, titled How I Survived Being a Girl.

Van Draanen is the daughter of two chemists who immigrated from the Ne
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A few years ago, when it came to my attention that Sammy fans were wondering why a Sammy Keyes book hadn't come out in over a year (and that they were speculating about my possible death), I committed to writing a new post every Sunday through the publication of the last book in the series.



Kiss Goodbyewas publishedback in September. And it made sense to keep the posts going through the tour, b... Read more of this blog post »
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The Running Dream
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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel T...
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 3,253 ratings — published 1998 — 24 editions
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Runaway
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Sammy Keyes and the Sisters...
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Sammy Keyes and the Skeleto...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,682 ratings — published 1998 — 25 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Hollywo...
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,598 ratings — published 2001 — 18 editions
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,482 ratings — published 2000 — 21 editions
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,415 ratings — published 2002 — 20 editions
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“Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss...." He turned to me. "But every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

“My heart stopped. It just stopped beating. And for the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you, and you're floating. Floating in midair. And the only thing keeping you from drifting away is the other person's eyes. They're connected to yours by some invisible physical force, and they hold you fast while the rest of the world swirls and twirls and falls completely away.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

“...Next time you're faced with a choice, do the right thing. It hurts everyone less in the long run.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

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