Wendy McClure

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General Information

Name: Wendy McClure

Pen Name: None


Born: 1971 in Oak Park, Illinois

Website: wendymcclure.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wendymcclurebooks

The Wilder Life Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheWilderLife

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendy_mc

Email: mcclure.wendy (at) gmail.com

Illinois Connection

McClure was born and raised in Oak Park and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wendy McClure is an author, columnist and a senior editor of middle grade and young adult books at Albert Whitman & Co. She graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has been writing for well over a decade. Her essays have appeared in the The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times, and in numerous anthologies. McClure has also written the ebook - Don't Trade the Baby for a Horse: And Other Ways to Make Your Life a Little More Laura Ingalls Wilder and gathered a collection of the notorious retro Weight Watchers recipe cards in a collection titled - The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan: Classic Diet Recipe Cards from the 1970s. Her book, I'm Not the New Me, is a memoir.

Published Works

For Kids:

  • The Princess and the Peanut Allergy, Albert Whitman & Company , 2009
  • Wanderville, Razorbill, 2014
  • Wanderville 2: On Track for Treasure, Razorbill 2015
  • Wanderville 3: Escape to the World's Fair, Razorbill, 2016

For Adults:

  • I'm Not the New Me, Riverhead Trade, 2005
  • The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie , Riverhead, 2011

Titles at Your Library


ISBN: 1595147012
Release Date: 2014-09-04

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On Track for Treasure (Wanderville)

ISBN: 1595147039
Release Date: 2015-05-19

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Escape to the World's Fair (Wanderville)

ISBN: 1595148205
Release Date: 2015-06-16

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The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie

ISBN: 1594487804
Release Date: 2011-04-14

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Literary Awards


  • 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

The Wilder Life

  • Midwest Booksellers Choice Award
  • Barnes & Noble Discover Selection
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

For school visits: Complete the Author Request Form at Penguin Young Readers.

For large-scale events with adult audiences, inquire through the Wendy McClure Page at the Penguin Speaker’s Bureau.

External Links

Wendy McClure on WorldCat


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