Ellen Wittlinger

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Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of 15 young adult novels including Parrotfish, Heart on My Sleeve, Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, Razzle, What's in a Name, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and a Booklist Editors' Choice). She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. A former children's librarian, she lives with her husband in western Massachusetts.

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Hard Love

3.74 avg rating — 6,850 ratings — published 1999 — 16 editions
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Parrotfish

3.73 avg rating — 5,486 ratings — published 2007 — 6 editions
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Love & Lies: Marisol's Story

3.87 avg rating — 1,878 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Sandpiper

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Blind Faith

3.82 avg rating — 769 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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Zigzag

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Heart on My Sleeve

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Razzle

3.55 avg rating — 575 ratings — published 2001 — 7 editions
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The Long Night of Leo and Bree

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Local Girl Swept Away

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“People changed lots of other personal things all the time. They dyed their hair and dieted themselves to near death. They took steroids to build muscles and got breast implants and nose jobs so they'd resemble their favorite movie stars. They changed names and majors and jobs and husbands and wives. They changed religions and political parties. They moved across the country or the world — even changed nationalities. Why was gender the one sacred thing we weren’t supposed to change? Who made that rule?”
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“But you can only lie about who you are for so long without going crazy.”
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“I watched her walk away, first thinking: good riddance – who needs this abuse? And then after a minute thinking: she never really understood me anyway. Which rapidly changed to: I never understood her at all. And before long I was watching her small back disappear and thinking: there goes the only person who ever gave a damn about me.”
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Ellen Wittlinger Hi Zu, Nice to see you here since I won't be seeing you at KW this year. :( My daughter is getting married this summer so I have to save my pennies for that! XO, Ellen


Zuvncnt Ellen, Parrotfish is on my reading list and I am really looking forward to it. Thanks for the note! Best, Zu


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Ellen Wittlinger Irish wrote: "Thanks for adding me. I have your book Parrotfish and found it very uplifting and made me want to come out to my family and friends. I foudn some where supportive.."

That's great, Irish! Thanks for telling me!


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Ellen Wittlinger Cinda wrote: "Hi, Ellen, I think you'll love GoodReads! It really helps when people ask me what I've read and my mind goes totally blank! And a great way to connect with readers.

Cinda"

Oh, good, my mind is almost always totally blank!



Jools Xavier Thanks for adding me. I have your book Parrotfish and found it very uplifting and made me want to come out to my family and friends. I foudn some where supportive..


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Cinda Hi, Ellen, I think you'll love GoodReads! It really helps when people ask me what I've read and my mind goes totally blank! And a great way to connect with readers.

Cinda


Rosemary Hi, Ellen. Goodreads is a good source for book recommendations, etc.--I hope you enjoy it. Happy New Year!


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Ellen Wittlinger Thanks, Mar!


Marlene Hi, Ellen,

Welcome to Goodreads!

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