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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 Friends of Liberty, a novel of the Boston Tea Party, and the biography Pope Francis: The People's Pope.

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Beatrice Gormley Currently, I'm working on a novel for adults, set in a small New England coastal town. The two main characters are a teacher, a 40-something man whose…moreCurrently, I'm working on a novel for adults, set in a small New England coastal town. The two main characters are a teacher, a 40-something man whose life has gone to hell in a hand basket; and a black and white cat, whose life has ditto. The story is about how their separate quests for happiness intertwine and both frustrate and help each other. One of the important supporting characters is a large, bouncy brown dog with a black nose.(less)
Beatrice Gormley My most recent book, a YA biography of Pope Francis, will be published this fall by Simon & Schuster. They gave me the idea; they'd decided they wante…moreMy most recent book, a YA biography of Pope Francis, will be published this fall by Simon & Schuster. They gave me the idea; they'd decided they wanted a biography of Francis for their series Real-Life Stories, and my editor asked me if I was interested in writing it. What an opportunity! I loved working on that project.(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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