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Beatrice Gormley

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Born in Glendale, California, Beatrice grew up in Southern California. After graduating from Pomona College, she worked in publishing near San Francisco. There she met and married Robert Gormley, and they moved to Massachusetts. They have two daughters.
Since age 9 Beatrice had wanted to become a writer. But it wasn't until after her children were born that she really focused on her writing. In 1981 her first book, Mail Order Wings,was published. Since then she's written many popular novels and biographies for young people. Her most recent books are Second Lives, a novel of humans and other animals, and the biography Joe Biden: Our 46th President.
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Beatrice Gormley Actually, the decision wasn't so sudden. For years, a cluster of things I wanted to write about had been accumulating in my mind: observations and ins…moreActually, the decision wasn't so sudden. For years, a cluster of things I wanted to write about had been accumulating in my mind: observations and insights about animals and people, friends and family, life and death. It was like having a fridge full of tasty, nutritious odds and ends that could be cooked up into a satisfying meal--only not for young readers' tastes. Most of all, I longed to bring back certain special individuals--canine, feline, and human--by putting them in a story.(less)
Beatrice Gormley "Summer reading list," hmm. I don't actually have a summer reading list. My reading list just flows from winter to spring to summer to fall and so on,…more"Summer reading list," hmm. I don't actually have a summer reading list. My reading list just flows from winter to spring to summer to fall and so on, mostly without any attention to the seasons.
The only exception is a book that allows me to escape from oppressive weather. For instance, I was so grateful to be able to read Never Cry Wolf, set in the frozen North, during a heat wave in Ossining, NY. Likewise, Crime and Punishment, which takes place during the worst heat wave of the 19th century in St. Petersburg, was my relief during 4 days without power (no heat, no light, no water) during the Blizzard of 2013 in MA.
However-- The next books up on my (seasonless) reading list: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari, and Elizabeth Strout's latest novel.(less)
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Description: Gretchen Nichols fully expects to be the star of the fifth-grade play. But just before the teacher picks the cast, Gretchen accidentally gets on her wrong side. Mrs. Sheppard doesn’t give Gretchen any part at all! Even worse, she gives the starring role to Amy Sacher, who speaks her lines like a robot. Gretchen is desperate enough to try anything—even to believe in magic. Little does Gretchen know her troubles are just beginning—with hilarious results.
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A very clever put-on of murder mysteries, especially Agatha Christie, especially Hercule Poirot, but also of Horowitz's own mystery novels and TV series. At the same time, a satire of the book publishing business. I enjoyed it until the last several ...more
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