Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen

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in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
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 N

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I promised I'd post here first with the Sammy Keyes Party videos...it's taken quite a while to get them done, but here they are at long last!

Here's an overview of the Sammy Keyes party...the entire documentary couldn't be included, but at least you'll see a little of the intro.

Also, the interview with my editor was made into a separate file, for those who are curious about our process. The in... Read more of this blog post »
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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.”
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“...Next time you're faced with a choice, do the right thing. It hurts everyone less in the long run.”
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