Maureen Johnson

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Philadelphia, PA, The United States


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December 2007

Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls' Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green.

Average rating: 3.92 · 559,047 ratings · 56,962 reviews · 25 distinct worksSimilar authors
13 Little Blue Envelopes (L...

3.64 avg rating — 75,618 ratings — published 2005 — 39 editions
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Truly Devious (Truly Deviou...

4.04 avg rating — 28,614 ratings — published 2018 — 26 editions
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The Name of the Star (Shade...

3.90 avg rating — 45,296 ratings — published 2011 — 42 editions
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The Last Little Blue Envelo...

3.85 avg rating — 22,634 ratings — published 2011 — 13 editions
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The Vanishing Stair (Truly ...

4.27 avg rating — 14,621 ratings — published 2019 — 14 editions
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Suite Scarlett (Scarlett, #1)

3.60 avg rating — 12,712 ratings — published 2008 — 21 editions
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The Madness Underneath (Sha...

3.88 avg rating — 15,311 ratings — published 2013 — 31 editions
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The Bermudez Triangle

3.49 avg rating — 10,151 ratings — published 2004 — 15 editions
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Girl at Sea

3.72 avg rating — 8,013 ratings — published 2007 — 7 editions
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The Shadow Cabinet (Shades ...

3.99 avg rating — 7,144 ratings — published 2015 — 17 editions
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“Writing is one of the few careers for which you essentially train yourself, the other two major ones being juggling and pickpocketing.”
Maureen Johnson

“Debbie had to get up and slice me a thick piece of cake before she could answer. And I do mean thick. Harry Potter volume seven thick. I could have knocked out a burglar with this piece of cake. Once I tasted it, though, it seemed just the right size.”
Maureen Johnson, Let It Snow
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“Fear can’t hurt you,” she said. “When it washes over you, give it no power. It’s a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you.”
Maureen Johnson


Which YA/MG book would you like the group to read in May 2015?

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message 1: by Lisa

Lisa I really liked 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Reminded me of my early traveling days. Well done!

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