Mary Amato

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General Information

Name: Mary Amato

Pen Name: None

Genres: Children

Born: 1961 in Belvidere, Illinois


Websites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Mary-Amato/97538213374?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maryamato

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/authoramato

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mary-amato-author

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/121651.Mary_Amato

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mary_amato/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authoramato/

Email: info@maryamato.com


Illinois Connection

Amato was born in Belvidere and grew up in Libertyville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Amato is the author of many acclaimed books for children including Please Write in this Book, which won the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award as well as The Naked Mole-Rat Letters, which was nominated for six state awards, including the Rebecca Caudill Award in Illinois. A prolific songwriter, Mary also sings, plays the guitar, and teaches songwriting. Several of her books for young adults, including Guitar Notes, features original songs. Mary now lives in Maryland, but she returns to the Chicago area often and enjoys presenting and teaching. Her Skype sessions are also popular. You can visit her online at www.maryamato.com and learn more about writing your own music and the joy of thrumming at www.thrumsociety.com.

Published Works

  • The Word Eater , Holiday House , 2005
  • Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All, Holiday House , 2006
  • The Naked Mole-Rat Letters , Holiday House , 2007
  • Drooling and Dangerous: The Riot Brothers Return!, Holiday House, 2008
  • Stinky and Successful: The Riot Brothers Never Stop, Holiday House , 2008
  • Please Write In This Book , Holiday House , 2008
  • The Chicken of the Family , Putnam Juvenile , 2008
  • Invisible Lines , EgmontUSA, 2009
  • Edgar Allan's Official Crime Investigation Notebook, Holiday House , 2010
  • Take the Mummy and Run: The Riot Brothers Are on a Roll, Holiday House, 2010
  • Guitar Notes, EgmontUSA, 2012
  • Good Crooks: Missing Monkey, Egmont, 2014
  • Good Crooks: Dog Gone, Egmont, 2014
  • Good Crooks: Sniff a Skunk, Egmont, 2014
  • Get Happy, Carolrhoda, 2016
  • Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories, Holiday House, 2016

Titles at Your Library

The Word Eater

ISBN: 0823419401
Release Date: 2005-03-01

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Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All

ISBN: 0823420620
Release Date: 2007-04-15

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The Naked Mole-Rat Letters

ISBN: 0823420981
Release Date: 2007-09-15

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Drooling and Dangerous: The Riot Brothers Return!

ISBN: 0823422046
Release Date: 2009-02-28

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The Chicken of the Family

ISBN: 0399241965
Release Date: 2008-02-28

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Invisible Lines

ISBN: 160684010X
Release Date: 2009-11-24

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Edgar Allan's Official Crime Investigation Notebook

ISBN: 9780823422715
Release Date: 2010-10-01

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Take the Mummy and Run: The Riot Brothers Are on a Roll

ISBN: 0823422739
Release Date: 2009-12-15

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Guitar Notes

ISBN: 1606841246
Release Date: 2012-07-24

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Good Crooks Book One: Missing Monkey!

ISBN: 1606845098
Release Date: 2014-02-25

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Good Crooks Book Two: Dog Gone!

ISBN: 1606845101
Release Date: 2014-02-25

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Good Crooks Book Three: Sniff a Skunk!

ISBN: 1606845993
Release Date: 2015-04-21

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Our Teacher Is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories

ISBN: 0823435539
Release Date: 2016-04-15

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Literary Awards

General Awards:

  • National Magazine Writing Award, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Keisler Prize for Poetry, Indiana University

The Chicken of the Family

  • Buckeye Children's Book Award, State of Ohio, 2010
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice, 2009
  • Read on Wisconsin!, Book Club Choice Summer, 2009
  • Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
  • Imagination Library program selection, Dollywood
  • Starred Review, Center for Children’s Books
  • Blue Ribbon, Center for Children’s Books, 2008
  • Highly Commended Title, Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee, 2009
  • Junior Library Guild Choice

The Word Eater

  • The Grand Canyon Reader Award for Young Readers, State of Arizona, 2004

Please Write in this Book

  • Maud Hart Lovelace Award, State of Minnesota, 2011-2012
  • Children’s Choice, IRA, 2007
  • Children's Choice, CBC, 2007
  • Book of the Month Club, 2007
  • November pick for Read On!, State of Wisconsin

Snarf Attack, Holiday House

  • Pick of the Decade for 4th grade, NJ State Library

Drooling and Dangerous

  • KC 3 Reading Award, Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians, 2008-2009
  • Best Children’s Book of 2007 in humor category for ages 5-9, Bank Street Children’s Book Committee
  • Children’s Choice, IRA, 2007
  • Children's Choice, CBC, 2007

Stinky and Successful

  • KC3 Book Award, Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians, 2009-2010

Guitar Notes

  • Beehive Book Award, Utah

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Please contact info@maryamato.com for details.

The author is represented by Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.

External Links

Mary Amato on WorldCat

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