Wendelin Van Draanen

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General Information

Name: Wendelin Van Draanen

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1965 in Chicago, Illinois


Website: www.randomhouse.com/kids/vandraanen/content/author.html

Website: http://exercisetherighttoread.org/

Blog: http://etrtr.blogspot.com/

Blog: http://www.blogger.com/profile/02534698736990684819

Email: mail@exercisetherighttoread.org

Illinois Connection

Van Draanen was born Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wendelin Van Draanen's family moved to California when she was very young and still resides there today. A former high-school math and computer science teacher, she has written ore than thirty novels for young readers and teens including her Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series. Her book, Flipped, was named a Top 100 Children's Novel for the 21st Century and became a Warner Brothers feature film in 2010.

Besides being a prolific writer, Wendelin also coordinates the Exercise the Right to Read campaign with her husband, Mark Parsons.

Published Works

Shredderman Series

  • Shredderman: Secret Identity, Yearling, 2004
  • Shredderman: Attack of the Tagger, Yearling, 2005
  • Shredderman: Meet the Gecko, Yearling, 2005
  • Shredderman: Enemy Spy, Yearling, 2006

Sammy Keyes Series

  • Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, Knopf, 1998
  • Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man, Knopf, 1998
  • Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy, Knopf, 1999
  • Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf, Knopf, 2000
  • Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary, Knopf, 2001
  • Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy, Knopf, 2002
  • Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes, Knopf, 2003
  • Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception, Knopf, 2003
  • Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen, Knopf, 2006
  • Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway, Knopf, 2005
  • Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things, Knopf, 2007
  • Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash, Knopf, 2008
  • Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher, Knopf, 2010
  • Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls, Knopf, 2011
  • Sammy Keyes and the Power of Justice Jack, Knopf, 2012
  • Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City, Knopf, 2013
  • Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise, Knopf, 2013
  • Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye, Knopf, 2014

The Gecko & Sticky Series

  • The Gecko & Sticky: Villain's Lair, Yearling, 2010
  • The Gecko & Sticky: The Greatest Power, Yearling, 2010
  • The Gecko & Sticky: Sinister Substitute, Yearling, 2010
  • The Gecko & Sticky: The Power Potion, Yearling, 2010

Individual Books

  • How I Survived Being a Girl, Scholastic, 1997
  • Flipped, Knopf, 2001
  • Swear to Howdy, Knopf, 2003
  • Runaway, Knopf, 2006
  • Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Knopf, 2008
  • The Running Dream, Knopf, 2011
  • The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, Knopf, 2016

Titles at Your Library

Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway

ISBN: 0375823506
Release Date: 2005-09-27

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Shredderman: Meet the Gecko

ISBN: 0375823530
Release Date: 2005-01-11

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Runaway

ISBN: 0375835229
Release Date: 2006-09-12

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Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things

ISBN: 0375835253
Release Date: 2007-05-08

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Flipped

ISBN: 0375825444
Release Date: 2003-05-13

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Shredderman: Secret Identity

ISBN: 0440419123
Release Date: 2006-04-25

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Shredderman: Attack of the Tagger

ISBN: 0440419131
Release Date: 2006-04-25

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The Gecko and Sticky: The Greatest Power

ISBN: 0440422434
Release Date: 2011-05-10

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Swear to Howdy

ISBN: 0440419433
Release Date: 2005-11-08

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Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye

ISBN: 0375870555
Release Date: 2014-09-09

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Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise

ISBN: 0307930629
Release Date: 2014-05-13

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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

ISBN: 1101940409
Release Date: 2016-10-25

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Literary Awards

Shredderman: Secret Identity

  • Christopher Medal for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit.”
  • Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
  • Editors Choice, Booklist
  • Cuffie for Best New Series
  • Best Book of the Year, Child Magazine


Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children's Mystery

Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Mustache Mary

  • Quick Pick title, YALSA

Sammy Keys and the Hollywood Mummy

  • Quick Pick title, YALSA

Sammy Keys and the Art of Deception

  • Mystery Book of the Year, Disney Adventures


Flipped

  • Top 100 Children's Novel for the 21st Century, School Library Journal
  • Children's Choice Book, IRA/CBC
  • Teacher's Choice Book, IRA/CBC
  • Young Reader Medal Winner in the states of California, Nevada and Virginia


Swear to Howdy

  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Parent's Guide


The Running Dream

  • Master List, Rebecca Caudill, 2014
  • Schneider Family Award, ALA
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014
  • Top 10 BFYA Book, YALSA
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Top Ten Books, Amazon, 2011
  • Bank Street Best Book
  • Young Reader Medal Winner, in the states of Vermont, Utah, South Carolina and Nebraska

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Please see her website for additional information.

External Links

Wendelin Van Draanen on WorldCat

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