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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Margaret Peterson Haddix  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1964 in Washington Court, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Haddix taught at Danville Area Community College in Danville Illinois from 1991-93.

Biographical and Professional Information

Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed teen and middle-grade novels. She lives in Powell, Ohio, with her husband and two children. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville Area Community College in Illinois. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.

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Titles At Your Library

Running Out of Time
ISBN: 0689812361

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 1997

Run For Your Life
Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840 -- or so she believes. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie's mother reveals a shocking secret -- it's actually 1996, and they are living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. In the world outside, medicine exists that can cure the dread disease, and Jessie's mother is sending her on a dangerous mission to bring back help.
But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time?

Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey
ISBN: 0689871023

Simon Pulse. 2004

Things are so bad, I feel like I'm going to explode if I don't do something...
Everyone has to keep a journal in Mrs. Dunphrey's English class, but the teacher has promised she won't read any entry marked "Do not read this." It's the kind of assignment Tish Bonner, one of the girls with big hair who sit in the back row, usually wouldn't take very seriously. But right now, Tish desperately needs someone to talk to, even if it's only a notebook she doesn't dare let anyone read.
As Tish's life spins out of control, the entries in her journal become more and more private...and dangerous. Is she risking everything that matters to her by putting the truth on paper? And is she risking more by keeping silent?

Leaving Fishers
ISBN: 068986793X

Simon Pulse. 2004

A lonely newcomer at her high school, Dorry is drawn into a religious group called "The Fishers of Men" by some friendly fellow students, only to find herself immersed in a cult that forces her to make some difficult choices and from which she must struggle to extricate herself. Reissue.

Among the Hidden (Shadow Children)
ISBN: 1416924981

Aladdin. 2006

Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

Just Ella (The Palace Chronicles)
ISBN: 1416936491

Simon Pulse. 2007

Being a princess isn't all that....

You've heard the fairytale: a glass slipper, Prince Charming, happily ever after...

Welcome to reality: royal genealogy lessons, needlepoint, acting like "a proper lady," and -- worst of all -- a prince who is not the least bit interesting, and certainly not charming.

As soon-to-be princess Ella deals with her newfound status, she comes to realize she is not "your majesty" material. But breaking off a royal engagement is no easy feat, especially when you're crushing on another boy in the palace.... For Ella to escape, it will take intelligence, determination, and spunk -- and no ladylike behavior allowed.

ISBN: 141693653X

Simon Pulse. 2007

In the year 2000 Melly and Anny Beth had reached the peak of old age and were ready to die. But when offered the chance to be young again by participating in a top-secret experiment called Project Turnabout, they agreed. Miraculously, the experiment worked -- Melly and Anny Beth were actually growing younger every year. But when they learned that the final treatment would be deadly, they ran for their lives.

Now it is 2085. Melly and Anny Beth are teenagers. They have no idea what will happen when they hit age zero, but they do know they will soon be too young to take care of themselves. They need to find someone to help them before time runs out, once and for all....

The Girl with 500 Middle Names
ISBN: 0689841353

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2001

"That's not your name," the girl beside me said as I was hanging up my coat. She was reading my sweater.
"Maybe Alexandria is my middle name," I said.

Janie's mother started a knitting business just so Janie's family could move and Janie could go to a better school. But Janie is poorer than her new classmates, and she doesn't fit in. When her mother's business falls apart, Janie thinks of a way to help her family. But it means she will stand out even more. Is she strong enough to face the challenge?
This is the heartwarming story of a girl whose belief in her family enables her to risk embarrassment -- and to make new friends.

Takeoffs and Landings
ISBN: 0689832990

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 2001

When their mother invites them to join her on a two-week cross-country trip, Lori and Chuck are mystified, terrified, and hopeful since she rarely spends time with them since the death of their father, in a powerful novel of family, secrets, and self-discovery. 10,000 first printing.

Among the Imposters (Shadow Children)
ISBN: 0099413469


OUT OF HIDING. INTO DANGER.Luke Garner is an illegal third child. All his life has been spent in hiding. Now, for the first time, Luke is living among others. He has assumed a deceased boy's identity and is attending Hendricks School for Boys, a windowless building with cruel classmates and oblivious teachers. Luke knows he has to blend in, but he lives in constant fear that his behavior will betray him. Then one day Luke discovers a door to the outside. He knows that beyond the walls of Hendricks lie the secrets he is desperate to uncover. What he doesn't know is whom he can trust -- and where the answers to his questions may lead him...

Because of Anya
ISBN: 0689869932

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2004

Ten-year-old girls don’t wear wigs.

So why is Anya wearing one? That’s what Keely wants to know. But when Anya’s wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely realizes what she really wants is to help Anya, even though she’s not sure how—and even though it means she’ll have to do something she’s afraid of: stand up to her friends.

As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one can tell her whether it ever will. How