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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.

Published Works

  • Running Out of Time, Simon & Schuster, 1995
  • Don't You Dare Read This Mrs. Dunphrey, Simon & Schuster, 1996
  • Leaving Fishers, Simon & Schuster, 1997
  • Among the Hidden, Simon & Schuster, 1998
  • Just Ella, Simon & Schuster, 1999
  • Turnabout, Simon & Schuster, 2000
  • The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Simon & Schuster, 2001
  • Takeoffs and Landings, Simon & Schuster, 2001
  • Among the Imposters, Simon & Schuster, 2001
  • Because of Anya, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • Among the Betrayed, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • Among the Barons, Simon & Schuster, 2003
  • Escape From Memory, Simon & Schuster, 2004
  • Say What?, Simon & Schuster, 2004 - written with James Bernardin
  • Among the Brave, Simon & Schuster, 2004
  • Among the Enemy, Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • The House on the Gulf, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • Among the Free, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • Double Identity, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • Uprising, Simon & Schuster, 2007
  • Dexter the Tough, Simon & Schuster, 2008 - written with Mark Elliott
  • Palace of Mirrors, Simon & Schuster, 2008
  • Found, Simon & Schuster, 2008
  • Sent, Simon & Schuster, 2009
  • Claim to Fame, Simon & Schuster, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

Running out of time /
ISBN: 0689812361. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 1995.

When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1996 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists, and it's up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children.

Don't you dare read this, Mrs. Dunphrey /
ISBN: 0689871023. OCLC Number:

Simon Pulse,. New York :. 2004.

In the journal she is keeping for English class, sixteen-year-old Tish chronicles the changes in her life when her abusive father returns home after a two-year absence.

Leaving Fishers /
ISBN: 068986793X. OCLC Number:

Simon Pulse,. New York :. 2004.

After joining her new friends in the religious group called Fishers of Men, Dorry finds herself immersed in a cult from which she must struggle to extricate herself. Dorry is unbearably lonely at her new high school until she meets Angela and her circle of friends. She soon discovers they all belong to a religious group, the Fishers of Men. At first, as Dorry becomes involved with the Fishers, she is eager to fit in and flattered by her new friends' attention. But the Fishers make harsh demands of their members, and Dorry must make greater and greater sacrifices. In demonstrating her devotion, Dorry finds herself compromising her grades, her job, and even her family's love. How much is too much? And where will the cult's demands end?

Among the hidden /
ISBN: 1416924981. OCLC Number:

Aladdin ;. [New York] :. [2006], ©1998.

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

Just Ella /
ISBN: 1416936491. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 1999.

In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

Turnabout /
ISBN: 141693653x. OCLC Number:

Simon Pulse,. New York :. 2007.

After secretly receiving injections at the age of 100 that are meant to reverse the aging process, Melly and Anny Beth grow younger until, as teenagers, they try to find a guardian to take care of them as they return to infancy.

The girl with 500 middle names /
ISBN: 0689841353. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2001.

Janie's parents move to the suburbs so she can go to a better school, but when she discovers that all the other students are richer than she is, she feels out of place--until she realizes that there are more important things than money.

Takeoffs and landings /
ISBN: 0689832990. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2001.

An overweight, timid fifteen-year-old boy and his popular fourteen-year-old sister begin to overcome their guilt over their father's death and reconnect with each other and their emotionally-distant mother when they accompany her on a two-week speaking tour.

Amongst the imposters /
ISBN: 0099413469. OCLC Number:

Red Fox,. London :. 2001.

Because of Anya /
ISBN: 0689869932. OCLC Number:

Aladdin,. New York :. 2004.

While ten-year-old Anya faces the difficulties of losing her hair to alopecia, her classmate Keely learns how to stand up for what she knows is right. TEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS DON'T WEAR WIGS So why is Anya wearing one? That's what Keely's friend Stef wants to know. She even wants Keely to tug on it, just to see if it's real. Keely wants to know too -- but when Anya's wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely discovers that what she really wants is to help Anya feel better. As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one, not even the doctors, knows whether it ever will. How can she come to terms with her disease when she can't even look in the mirror? In this heart-tugging story of friendship, renowned author Margaret Peterson Haddix introduces readers to a young girl with alopecia areata, a life-altering disease that affects millions of people in the United States alone.

Among the betrayed /
ISBN: 0786282797. OCLC Number:

Thorndike Press,. Waterville, Me. :. 2006.

Thirteen-year-old Nina is imprisoned by the Population Police, who give her the option of helping them identify illegal "third-born" children, or facing death.

Among the Barons /
ISBN: 0689839065. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2003.

In a future world of false identities, government lies, and death threats, Luke feels drawn to the younger brother of the boy whose name Luke has taken.

Escape from memory /
ISBN: 1416903380. OCLC Number:

Simon Pulse,. New York :. 2005, ©2003.

Allowing herself to be hypnotized, fifteen-year-old Kira reveals memories of another time and place that may eventually cost her and her mother their lives.

Among the brave /
ISBN: 0689857950. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2004.

In a society that allows families to have only two children, a group of third-borns tries to save itself and others like them.

Among the enemy /
ISBN: 0689857977. OCLC Number:

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In a society that allows families to have only two children, third child Matthias joins the Population Police to infiltrate their system.

The house on the gulf /
ISBN: 1416914064. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2004.

A sixteen-year-old boy arranges a housesitting job for the summer, but he starts acting strangely after his family moves in, and his sister begins to suspect they are not supposed to be there.

Among the free /
ISBN: 0689857993. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2006.

When thirteen-year-old Luke Garner unwittingly sets off a rebellion which sweeps the country and ousts the Population Police from power, he quickly realizes that the new regime is corrupt and he may hold the only key to true freedom.

Double identity /
ISBN: 0689873794. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2005.

Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Uprising /
ISBN: 1416911715. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2007.

In 1927, at the urging of twenty-one-year-old Harriet, Mrs. Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, including miserable working conditions that led to a strike, then the fire that took the lives of her two best friends, when Harriet, the boss's daughter, was only five years old. Includes historical notes.

Dexter the tough /
ISBN: 1416911707. OCLC Number:

Aladdin Paperbacks,. New York :. 2008, ©2007.

A sympathetic teacher and her writing assignment help fourth-grader Dexter deal with being the new kid in school after he punches a kid on the first day.

Palace of Mirrors /
ISBN: 1416939156. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2008.

Fourteen-year-old Cecilia has always known she is the true princess of Suala, but when she and her best friend, Harper, decide to speed up her ascendancy to the throne, they find danger and many imposters who challenge her claim.

Found /
ISBN: 141695421X. OCLC Number:

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When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.

Sent /
ISBN: 1416954228. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2009.

Jonah, Katherine, Chip, and Alex suddenly find themselves in 1483 at the Tower of London, where they discover that Chip and Alex are Prince Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, imprisoned by their uncle, King Richard III, but trying to repair history without knowing what is supposed to happen proves challenging. Author's note includes historical facts about the princes and king.

Claim to fame /
ISBN: 1416939172. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster BFYR,. New York :. 2009.

Sixteen-year-old Lindsay, a former child star whose career ended when she developed the ability to hear what anyone, anywhere says about her and apparently suffered a nervous breakdown, comes to see this as an asset when, after her father's death, she learns that she is not alone.


Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphry

- Children's Book Award, International Reading Association in 1997, and listed as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and as a 1997 Best Book for Young Adults given by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Running Out of Time

- Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies for 1996 by the National Concil for Social Studies and the Children's Book Council, and listed as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and as a 1997 Best Book for Young Adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association. International Reading Associations Childrens Book Award American Library Association Best Book

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