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I grew up in a blue-collar suburb of Cleveland called Parma where I used to write stories in a bedroom closet (aka my writer’s office). I tried to get my first novel – a 40 page handwritten story called “I am the Only One Left” - published when I was thirteen. As you can probably guess, it was rejected!

It took about twenty years before I finally had my first published book, Trouble Don’t Last (Knopf, 2002). Since then, I’ve written four more novels.

Besides writing books for intermediate and teen readers, I’ve written a lot of other things over the years – plays, ghost stories, non-fiction articles, tour brochures, and opinion columns. In college, I even had the chance to write a piece for the New York Times.

Since I often write about history
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Shelley Pearsall Just like kids, each book is unique -- so I can't say I have an overall favorite, but I do have favorite things...and least favorite things...about…moreJust like kids, each book is unique -- so I can't say I have an overall favorite, but I do have favorite things...and least favorite things...about each one. I can say that each book has surprised me and changed me as a person and as a writer, which is one of my favorite parts of being an author.(less)
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Gosh...that is a tough question. I'm not sure I can narrow my list to Top 10 of all-time, but here are 11 of my favorites for youth, not in…more
Hi Ilyas,
Gosh...that is a tough question. I'm not sure I can narrow my list to Top 10 of all-time, but here are 11 of my favorites for youth, not in any particular order.
1. Harry Potter (2nd book)
2. Holes
3. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
4. Out of the Dust
5. Zlata's Diary
6. The Giver
7. Wonder
8. Single Shard
9. The Great Gilly Hopkins
10. Moonbird
11. The Watsons Go to Birmingham(less)
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