Mary Nourie

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General Information

Name: Mary Nourie

Pen Name: Mary Jessie Parker

Born: 1948 in Kankakee, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Nourie was born in Kankakee, Illinois and is a life-long resident of central Illinois. She taught grades 1-3 in Cissna Park and Danville, Illinois public schools. She currently resides in Newman, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nourie has sold fiction stories, articles, and poems to Cricket, Highlights, Jack and Jill, Zootles, Clubhouse Jr, Pennywhistle Press, and Volunteer Fireman magazines.

Published Works

  • Night Fire!, Scholastic, 1989
  • City Storm, Scholastic, 1990
  • Wild and Woolly, Dutton Children's Books, 2004
  • The Deep, Deep, Puddle, Dutton Children's Books, 2012

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Night Fire!

ISBN: 0590414232
Release Date: 1989-10

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City Storm

ISBN: 0590423061
Release Date: 1993-12

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The Deep Deep Puddle

ISBN: 0803737653
Release Date: 2013-04-18

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Literary Awards


Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)


  • How a Book Becomes a Book
  • Writer to Author
  • A Few Words (Or How Dreams Come True)
  • Writing In The Classroom (writing ideas and starters for teachers)

External Links

Mary Nourie on WorldCat

Mary Nourie on Amazon


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