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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Frances Zambreno  

Pen Name: Robyn Tallis, Jessie Maguire, Nicholas Adams

Genre: Children Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1954 in Oak Park, Illinois

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*Born in Oak Park, Illinois*Currently she teaches a wide variety of courses at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information


Published Works

  • A Plague of Sorcerers, Harcourt, 1991
  • Journeyman Wizard, Hyperion, 1996
  • Firebird, Voyage of the Basset Series, Random House Books for Young Readers, 2001
  • Invisible Pleasures, American Fantasy Press, 2005

Selected Titles At Your Library

A plague of sorcerers /
ISBN: 0152624309. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. San Diego :. ©1991.

When a magic plague begins to take its toll of the wizards in the Empire, Jermyn, a newly-apprenticed wizard, and Delia, his skunk familiar, must find a way to stop it.

Journeyman wizard :
ISBN: 0786811277. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. 1996.

When Jermyn goes to Land's End to study wizardry under the famous spellmaker Lady Jean Allons, he finds his lessons disrupted by magical mayhem and a mysterious murder.

Fire bird /
ISBN: 0375811095. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2001.

Thirteen-year-old Emily, her blind engineer father, and a boy from their English village sail aboard the magic ship Basset to an island of mythical animals, where they use faith and imagination to try to restore a legendary lighthouse tower.

Invisible pleasures /
ISBN: 0961035242. OCLC Number:

American Fantasy,. Woodstock, Il :. 2005.

Mary Frances Zambreno's "first collection, Invisible Pleasures, is a gathering of the best of her adult and young adult short fiction with four new stories for fans. Queens, healers, witches, adventurers, students, young girls, and others are the focus of these tales."



Speaking Engagements

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Contact Author at Elmhurst College, Schiable Science Center, 13190 Prospect Elmhurst, Illinois 60126 630-617-6475, Mailbox 260