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April Henry

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I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

If you've read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.

When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children's magazine.

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I'm very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 13 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten...more


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Girl, Stolen by April Henry
" Stockholm Syndrome. It gets me every time.

No, but this book was fabulous. For a short book it was written really, really well and I there was never a moment I got bored. The whole story was just seriously captivating.

I'm not sure if it's Griffin... " Read more of this review »
The Body in the Woods by April Henry
" Alexis, Nick, and Ruby are very believable teenagers, each with their own oddities and insecurities. What they have in common is working Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Also, they are the newest/least trained members of their unit.

On... " Read more of this review »
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This book held my interest the whole time. What I really liked was the writing. The descriptions were consistently fresh and evocative.
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"It won't come out for a bit. I don't want to jinx myself until I start seeing reviews. Treasure every moment with your folks. One thing that has reall...more "
The Body in the Woods by April Henry
" Not sure what catagory this falls into. I really enjoyed it and LOVED Ruby. Great Character build up and I am hoping to see another book with these characters in it.

Will review soon! "
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Shovel Ready
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Rounded up from 3.5 for a great voice and an interesting premise. Characters were flat and many were interchangeable.
"It really shakes you up. Unsolved would be even more unsettling. "
"Doing an event March 20th at Napierville Andersons. 7 pm. "
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Well-written, and started off well. There was heavy sexual content and some violence. But then the heavy sexual content began to be more and more about violent sexual content. Plus when it was all said and done, i did not think the plot made much sen...more
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message 23: by Haley.s

Haley.s do you have animals


message 22: by April

April Henry Melissa wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request! I look forward to reading your book."

I think that's the first one I've gotten with a message. I didn't even know you could leave messages!


message 21: by Melissa

Melissa Ousley Thanks for accepting my friend request! I look forward to reading your book.


message 20: by April

April Henry Wow! That's pretty impressive. It was inspired by a real chain of overseas boot camps. I have links to some articles on my web site.


message 19: by Alaska

Alaska I read your book Shock Point one summer, when I was eleven or twelve, and I still think about it almost every day.


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#abz_of_steel April, I'm back!--It has been a LONG time....


message 10: by April

April Henry Mullen wrote: ":) I loved Shock Point! I read it around the beginning of the summer (late June/ early July)and I still think about it every now and then!"

Wow! Thanks. That was a fun book to write. And did you know there are really boot camps like that? Have you read my latest thriller, Girl Stolen?


message 9: by Alaska (last edited Mar 08, 2011 02:52PM)

Alaska :) I loved 'Shock Point'! I read it around the beginning of the summer (late June/ early July)and I still think about it every now and then! Thatcher is probably one of my favorite characters of all time.


message 8: by April

April Henry Clare Bear wrote: "Oregonians unite!! =D"

I didn't realize you were so close. LK Madigan and Lauren Kate and I will all be at Powells Beaverton on Saturday, October 2 and 2 pm if you ever get out that way and want to meet us.


Clarence :P Oregonians unite!! =D


PyroLily ~Qui scribit bis legit~ Ok thanks. I guess I'm half-way there huh?


message 5: by April

April Henry PyroLily *...* wrote: "How do you wright so well? I need help. I have no clue what I'm doing, just thought I'd ask."

The first thing is to read a lot. The more you read, the more you learn about writing. If you don't like something, think about why. If you do like something, think about why.

There's a good book by Gail Carson Levine called Writing Magic that will give you some good ideas about how to be a better writer. You can get it at the library.

It's like anything else - first you're not very good, but if you keep working at it you get better.


PyroLily ~Qui scribit bis legit~ How do you wright so well? I need help. I have no clue what I'm doing, just thought I'd ask.


message 3: by Beth

Beth Hi April,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author here on Goodreads as well as elsewhere!


message 2: by April

April Henry Wow! That is so cool! Thank you for passing it on. I have another book out called Torched, about a girl who goes undercover with a radical environmental group. And then next fall I'll have a new one about a blind girl who gets kidnapped called "Girl, Stolen"

Thanks for sending me my first-ever message on Good Reads. I can't even figure out why it doesn't show my profile pic.




PyroLily ~Qui scribit bis legit~ I let my teacher bowro Shock Point to read and she made it the book of the week (she picks a book each week to tell us about and recament). Now a bunch of people wont to bowro my book.


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