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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Deborah Kent  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Romance

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1948 in Little Falls, New Jersey


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Illinois Connection

Deborah lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Deborah has been totally blind all of her life. Fortunately for her, New Jersey practiced 'mainstreaming' long before it was required by federal law, and she was able to attend public schools from the time she entered eighth grade. Some of her experiences in making the transition from a special class for blind kids to a regular class provided the background for her first young-adult novel, Belonging (Originally published in 1978). She worked as a social worker for four years at the University Settlement House on New York's Lower East Side, before turning to writing full time.


Published Works

    Belonging Dial, 1978Cindy, Scholastic, 1982That Special Summer, Silhouette, 1982.Jody, Scholastic, 1983.Te Amo Means I Love You, Bantam, 1983.Heartwaves, Ace, 1984.Honey and Spice, New American Library, 1985.Love to the Rescue, Scholastic, 1985.Ten-Speed Summer, Bantam, 1985.Talk to Me, My Love, Dell, 1987.Taking the Lead, Bantam, 1987.One Step at a Time, Scholastic, 1989.Why Me?, Scholastic, 1992, published as Why Me? The Courage to Live, Pocket Books, 2001.Benjamin Franklin: Extraordinary Patriot, Scholastic, 1993.The American Revolution: Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!, Enslow Publishers, 1994.The Vietnam War: What Are We Fighting For?, Enslow Publishers, 1994.Mexico: Rich in Spirit and Tradition, Marshall Cavendish, 1995.Salem, Massachusetts, Silver Burdett, 1995.Dorothy Day: Friend to the Forgotten, William B. Eerdmans, 1996.(With Kathryn A. Quinlan) Extraordinary People with Disabilities, Children's Press, 1996.China: Old Ways Meet New, Marshall Cavendish 1996.Too Soon to Say Goodbye, Scholastic, 1997.Only Way Out, Scholastic, 1998.Lexington and Concord, Children's Press, 1998.Hillary Rodham Clinton, Children's Press, 1998.Jane Means Appleton Pierce, Children's Press, 1998.Living with a Secret, Pocket Books, 2001.Don't Cry for Yesterday, Simon & Schuster, 2002.Snake Pits, Talking Cures, and Magic Bullets: A History of Mental Illness, Millbrook Press, 2003.Athletes with Disabilities, Franklin Watts, 2003.Animal Helpers for the Disabled, Franklin Watts, 2003.American Sign Language, Franklin Watts, 2003.Helen Keller: Author and Advocate for the Disabled, Child's World, 2003.The Changing Face of America: Hispanic Roots, Hispanic Pride, Child's World, 2004.Elizabeth Blackwell: Physician and Health Educator, Child's World, 2004.Frida Kahlo: An Artist Celebrates Life, Child's World, 2004.James A. Garfield, Children's Press, 2004.Juliette Gordon Low: Founder of the Girl Scouts of America, Child's World, 2004.Phillis Wheatley: First Published African American, Child's World, 2004.Warren G. Harding, Children's Press, 2004.
  • AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL SERIESMassachusetts, Children's Press, 1987.New Jersey, Children's Press, 1987.Louisiana, Children's Press, 1988.Pennsylvania, Children's Press, 1988.Colorado, Children's Press, 1989.Ohio, Children's Press, 1989.Connecticut, Children's Press, 1990.Maryland, Children's Press, 1990.South Carolina, Children's Press, 1990.Delaware, Children's Press, 1991.Iowa, Children's Press, 1991.Washington, D.C., Children's Press, 1991.Puerto Rico, Children's Press, 1992.New Mexico, Children's Press, 1999.Maine, Children's Press, 1999.Utah, Children's Press, 2000.Wyoming, Children's Press, 2000.Tennessee, Children's Press, 2001.
  • CORNERSTONES OF FREEDOM SERIESJane Addams and Hull House, Children's Press, 1992.The Titanic, Children's Press, 1993.The Freedom Riders, Children's Press, 1993.Yellowstone National Park, Children's Press, 1994.The White House, Children's Press, 1994.The Vietnam Women's Memorial, Children's Press, 1995.The Star-Spangled Banner, Children's Press, 1995.The Lincoln Memorial, Children's Press, 1996.African Americans in the Thirteen Colonies, 1996.The Disability-Rights Movement, Children's Press, 1996.The Battle of Lexington and Concord, Children's Press, 1997.Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, Children's Press, 1997.The Purchase of Hawaii, Children's Press, 2004.
  • CITIES OF THE WORLD SERIESRio de Janeiro, Children's Press, 1996.Tokyo, Children's Press, 1996.Beijing, Children's Press, 1996.New York City, Children's Press, 1996.Amsterdam, Children's Press, 1997.Dublin, Children's Press, 1997.San Francisco, Children's Press, 1997.St. Petersburg, Children's Press, 1997.Boston, Children's Press, 1998.Buenos Aires, Children's Press, 1998.Madrid, Children's Press, 1999.Moscow, Children's Press, 2000.Atlanta, Children's Press, 2000.Dallas, Children's Press, 2000.Jerusalem, Children's Press, 2001.
  • HOW WE LIVED IN EARLY AMERICA SERIESIn Colonial New England, Marshall Cavendish, 1999.In The Middle Colonies, Marshall Cavendish, 1999.In The Southern Colonies, Marshall Cavendish 1999.


Selected Titles At Your Library

Belonging :
ISBN: 0595193951. OCLC Number:

People With Disabilities Press,. Lincoln, NE :. 2002, ©1978.

Fifteen-year-old Meg realizes that it's not her blindness that prevents her for joining the "in" crowd but her own individuality.

Cindy /
ISBN: 0590319299. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Book Services,. New York :. ©1982.

Jody /
ISBN: 059032442x. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Book Services,. New York :. ©1983.

Te amo means I love you /
ISBN: 0553237438. OCLC Number:

Bantam,. Toronto ;. 1983.

Love to the rescue /
ISBN: 0590332643. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Inc.,. New York :. ©1985.

Laurie discovers there is more to being a lifeguard than she ever imagined.

Taking the lead /
ISBN: 0553265288. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. ©1987.

Shelley is devastated when her doctors tell her she'll never be able to see again. Now even the simplest tasks-like dressing herself of finding her way around the house -take enormous effort and patience. As she gains confidence she becomes friends with Kevin, a fellow climber, who encourages her to be independent.

One step at a time /
ISBN: 0590415808. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1989.

Tracy is acting weird because she thinks she is going blind. Finally she faces the truth that she really is going blind. Is her dog her only friend? Tracy feels that way.

Why me? /
ISBN: 0590441795. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1992.

After her kidneys fail, thirteen-year-old Rachel's curiosity about her birth mother becomes a question of extreme importance.

Benjamin Franklin /
ISBN: 0590460129. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Inc.,. New York :. ©1993.

A biography of the accomplished and influential eighteenth-century printer, inventor, scientist, statesman, and diplomat.

The Vietnam war :
ISBN: 0894905279. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Hillside, N.J., U.S.A. :. ©1994.

Photographs and text describe the fighting between the Americans and Vietcong in the jungles of southeast Asia, how television brought graphic war footage to American homes, and the peace protests that took place around the country.

Dorothy Day :
ISBN: 0802852653. OCLC Number:

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers,. Grand Rapids, Mich. :. 2004, ©1996.

" ... chronicles the life of Dorothy Day, known the world over as the leader of the Catholic Worker Movement ... the founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper, [and] the founder of numerous 'houses of hospitality' that provided food and shelter to the destitute."--Page 4 of cover.

China :
ISBN: 0761402020. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books,. Tarrytown, N.Y. :. ©1996.

Discusses the geography, history, people, culture, customs, and the arts of China.

Too soon to say good-bye /
ISBN: 0590477986. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1996.

Diagnosed with leukemia after a fainting spell, young Jill copes with painful therapy, being treated differently by her family and peers, and facing the frightening possibility that she will die.

The only way out /
ISBN: 0590540815. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1997.

Fourteen-year-old Shannon Thomas has been receiving chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin's disease for two years. Hoping to find an alternative therapy, she visits a healer who teaches her that sometimes the only way out is through.

Hillary Rodham Clinton :
ISBN: 0516206443. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1998.

A biography of the wife of the forty-second president of the United States, discussing her youth, marriage, and work on health care and the welfare and education of children.

Jane Means Appleton Pierce /
ISBN: 0516204785. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1998.

A biography of the wife of the fourteenth president of the United States, who never wanted her husband to be in politics and who never recovered from her grief over the deaths of all three of her children.

Don't cry for yesterday /
ISBN: 0743400321. OCLC Number:

Simon Pulse,. New York :. 2002.

Amber Novak's life is changed forever when a car crash leaves her confined to a wheelchair.

Don't cry for yesterday /
ISBN: 074340033x. OCLC Number:

Simon Pulse,. New York :. 2002.

Amber Novak's life is changed forever when a car crash leaves her confined to a wheelchair.

Athletes with disabilities /
ISBN: 0531166643. OCLC Number:

Franklin Watts,. New York :. ©2003.

Explores the people and events involved in sports competitions for people with disabilities and discusses people with disabilities who play professional sports.

American Sign Language /
ISBN: 0531166627. OCLC Number:

Franklin Watts,. New York :. ©2003.

Explores the history of American Sign Language and deaf culture, including ongoing controversies within the deaf community today.

Helen Keller :
ISBN: 1592960057. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Chanhassen, Minn. :. ©2003.

Provides a brief introduction to Helen Keller, her accomplishments, and her impact on American history.

Elizabeth Blackwell :
ISBN: 1592960022. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Chanhassen, Minn. :. 2004.

Provides a brief introduction to Elizabeth Blackwell, her accomplishments, and her impact on history.

Frida Kahlo :
ISBN: 1592961673. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Chanhassen, Minn. :. ©2004.

Introduces the life of the world-famous Mexican artist who overcame polio, injuries from a near-fatal bus accident, a tempestuous marriage to Diego Rivera, and other difficulties.

James A. Garfield :
ISBN: 0516228862. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2004.

A biography of the twentieth president of the United States, with information about his childhood, family, political career, presidency, and legacy.

Juliette Gordon Low :
ISBN: 1592960065. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Chanhassen, Minn. :. ©2004.

Provides a brief introduction to Juliette Gordon Low, her accomplishments, and her impact on American history.

Phillis Wheatley :
ISBN: 159296009x. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Chanhassen, Minn. :. ©2004.

A biography of an enslaved African woman who became the first African-American poet to be published.

Warren G. Harding :
ISBN: 0516229656. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2004.

A biography of the twenty-ninth president of the United States, with information about his childhood, family, political career, presidency, and legacy.

Massachusetts /
ISBN: 0531185613. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2008.

Introduces the geography, history, government, people, culture, and attractions of Massachusetts.

Louisiana /
ISBN: 0531185605. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2008.

Introduces the geography, history, government, people, culture, and attractions of Louisiana.

Colorado /
ISBN: 0531185702. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2008.

Introduces the geography, history, government, people, culture, and attractions of Colorado.

Ohio /
ISBN: 0531185796. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2009.

Describes the geography, history, economy, culture, and people of the state of Ohio.

America the beautiful.
ISBN: 0516004530. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1990.

Introduces the geography, history, government, economy, industry, culture, historic sites, and famous people of this northeastern state.

Maryland /
ISBN: 0531185761. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2008.

An introduction to the state of Maryland, the location of the Battle of Antietam, Ocean City, Camp David, Harpers Ferry, Annapolis, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Chesapeake Bay.

America the beautiful.
ISBN: 0516004867. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1990.

Introduces the geography, history, government, culture, recreation, and people of the Palmetto State.

South Carolina /
ISBN: 0531185915. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2009.

An introduction to the geography, natural resources, history, economy, important sites, daily life, and people of South Carolina.

Iowa /
ISBN: 0531185990. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2010.

Takes readers on a tour of Iowa, describing the state's history, culture, land, economy, government, and sights, and including unique facts, color maps and photos, the state song, suggested activities, lists of famous people, cultural institutions, and annual events, and other resources.

Washington /
ISBN: 0531185079. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2009.

Presents an introduction to the geography, natural resources, history, economy, important sites, daily life, and people of the state of Washington.

Puerto Rico /
ISBN: 0531185893. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2009.

An introduction to the land, history, and people of Puerto Rico.

New Mexico /
ISBN: 0516206907. OCLC Number:

Children's Press/Grolier Pub.,. New York :. ©1999.

Describes the geography, plants, animals, history, economy, language, religions, culture, sports, art, and people of New Mexico, where the three major cultures are Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo.

Maine /
ISBN: 0516209949. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1999.

Describes the geography, history, economy and industry, natural resources, arts and recreation, and people of the New England state of Maine.

Utah /
ISBN: 0531185923. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2009.

An introduction to the geography, natural resources, history, economy, important sites, daily life, and people of Utah.

Wyoming /
ISBN: 0516210750. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2000.

Describes the geography, plants, animals, history, economy, language, religions, culture, sports, art, and people of the state of Wyoming.

Tennessee /
ISBN: 0516210440. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2001.

Describes the geography, plants, animals, history, economy, religions, culture, sports, arts, and people of Tennessee.

Titanic, The.
ISBN: 0516466720. OCLC Number:

. .

The freedom riders /
ISBN: 0516066625. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1993.

The inspiring story of the brave men and women who led the Southern civil rights movement.

The story of the White House /
ISBN: 0516066846. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1994.

Tells of James Hoban's plans for the White House and the changes made in it by the different Presidents.

The Vietnam Women's Memorial /
ISBN: 0516066986. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

Describes the role of women in the Vietnam War, and the struggle to gain approval from the government to build a memorial to honor them.

The Star-spangled banner /
ISBN: 0516066307. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

An account of how, during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key came to write the poem that became the national anthem.

African-Americans in the thirteen colonies /
ISBN: 0516200658. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. New York :. ©1996.

Using many photographs, this is a simple overview of the part played by African Americans during the formative years of the colonial period. The freedom sought by so many Europeans who came to America was not shared with many Africans & their descendants. The brief descriptions in this book tell of slavery as well as the limited freedoms of free blacks. Phillis Wheatley, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, & Benjamin Banneker are among those briefly profiled. Index. Part of the Cornerstones of Freedom series. Bowker Authored Title code. Using many photographs, this is a simple overview of the part played by African Americans during the formative years of the colonial period. Presents a brief history of Afro-Americans and of slavery in seventeenth and eighteenth century America.

The Vietnam Women's Memorial /
ISBN: 0516066986. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

Describes the role of women in the Vietnam War, and the struggle to gain approval from the government to build a memorial to honor them.

Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court /
ISBN: 0516261398. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1997.

Narrates the life of the first African-American to serve as a judge on the United States Supreme Court.

Beijing /
ISBN: 0516200232. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1996.

Describes physical aspects, history, and social life and customs of the capital of the People's Republic of China.

New York City /
ISBN: 0516260723. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1996.

Describes the history, people, and places of New York City.

Amsterdam /
ISBN: 0516202995. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 1997.

Describes the history, culture, daily life, and points of interest of the city in the Netherlands that rests almost entirely on wooden piles made from tree trunks.

San Francisco /
ISBN: 0516204661. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1997.

Describes the history, culture, daily life, food, people, and points of interest in San Francisco, California. $

Madrid /
ISBN: 0516207830. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1999.

Describes the history, culture, daily life, food, people, sports, and points of interest in the capital and largest city of Spain.

Moscow /
ISBN: 0516211935. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2000.

Describes the history, culture, daily life, food, sports, people, and points of interest in the capital of Russia.

Jerusalem /
ISBN: 0516222414. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2001.

This book describes the history, culture, daily life, food, people, sports, and points of interest in the capital of Israel.

In Colonial New England /
ISBN: 076140905x. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books,. New York :. 1999.

Describes various aspects of the life of early settlers in New England including their homes, schools, religion, work, and community.

In the middle colonies /
ISBN: 0761409076. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books,. New York :. ©2000.

Discusses the history, social life, and customs of the various immigrant groups who settled in the middle colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

In the southern colonies /
ISBN: 0761409084. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books,. New York :. ©2000.

Describes various aspects of the contrasting life styles of the rich and the poor early settlers in the southern colonies including homes, food, work, religion, education, and hospitality.


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