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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Margaret Peterson Haddix  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1964 in Washington Court, Ohio

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Haddix was a part-time instructor at the Danville Area Community College and a freelance writer in Danville from 1991-93.

Biographical and Professional Information

Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed teen and middle-grade novels. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News and taught at the Danville Area Community College in Illinois.

She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.


Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphry

Children's Book Award, International Reading Association in 1997

Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Best Book for Young Adults, YALSA, 1997

Running Out of Time

Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, National Council for Social Studies and the Children's Book Council, 1996

Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, YALSA, 1997

Best Book for Young Adults, YALSA, 1997 Children's Book Award, International Reading Association's American Library Association Best Book

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Among the Barons /
ISBN: 0689839065. OCLC Number: 49681456

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Among the betrayed /
ISBN: 0786282797. OCLC Number: 62281731

Thorndike Press,. .

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 brave /
ISBN: 0689857950. OCLC Number: 52335122

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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: 0689857969. OCLC Number: 55138543

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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.

Among the free
ISBN: 9780689857997. OCLC Number: 60515368

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Among the hidden /
ISBN: 1416924981. OCLC Number: 663074390

Aladdin ;. .

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.

Among the imposters
ISBN: 0099413469. OCLC Number: 47356207

Red Fox,. .

Because of Anya
ISBN: 9781442457782. OCLC Number: 1008896108

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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.

Caught /
ISBN: 1416989838. OCLC Number: 740250628

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When Jonah and Katherine travel to early 1900s Switzerland and Serbia to return Albert Einstein's daughter, Lieserl, to history, her mother Mileva grasps entirely too much about time travel and has no intention of letting her daughter go.

Children of exile /
ISBN: 1442450045. OCLC Number: 934705561

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A twelve-year-old girl raised in a foster village is returned to her biological parents, and discovers home is not what she expected it to be.

Children of Jubilee /
ISBN: 144245010X. OCLC Number: 1001251107

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Kiandra Watanaboneset reluctantly takes charge when she, her brothers Enu and Edwy, and some young friends are captured by Enforcers and sent to a prison on the planet Zacadi.

Children of refuge /
ISBN: 144245007X. OCLC Number: 965445401

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"It's been barely a day since Edwy arrived home from the mysterious Fredtown and met his parents for the first time. And already he finds himself snatched away again--this time to a place called Refuge City. There, nobody seems to care what happens to him. And he's still not allowed to ask questions. Alone and confused, Edwy seeks out other children brought back from the Freds. he soon discovers that both the Freds and his real family have secrets, and that Rosi and all the other friends he left behind are trapped in a dangerous place. Edwy's always thought of himself as a troublemaker. But in this second installment of the Children of Exile trilogy, Edwy has to wonder--can he now use his skills to find a way out of trouble?"--Page 2 of cover.

Claim to fame
ISBN: 1416939180. OCLC Number: 679993461

Simon & Schuster BFYR,. .

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.

Dexter the tough /
ISBN: 1416911707. OCLC Number: 180756335

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

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.

Don't you dare read this, Mrs. Dunphrey /
ISBN: 0689871023. OCLC Number: 55488568

Simon Pulse,. .

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.

Double identity /
ISBN: 0689873794. OCLC Number: 55672121

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Escape from memory /
ISBN: 1416903380. OCLC Number: 60693280

Simon Pulse,. .

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.

Found /
ISBN: 141695421X. OCLC Number: 156891904

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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.

Full ride /
ISBN: 1442442794. OCLC Number: 812614373

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After her father is convicted of embezzlement, Becca Jones, fourteen, and her mother flee Georgia for small-town Ohio but three years later she learns that his misdeeds may have jeopardized not just her future but also her life.

Game changer /
ISBN: 0689873816. OCLC Number: 759084152

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While playing in the championship softball game, star pitcher KT Sutton blacks out and awakes to a changed world where the roles of academics and sports at her middle school have flipped, making talented athletes, such as KT, outcasts and brainy nerds popular.

In over their heads /
ISBN: 1481417622. OCLC Number: 947268525

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Twelve-year-old twins Nick and Eryn and their robot stepsiblings, Jackson and Ava, try to save humanity from killer robots.

Into the gauntlet /
ISBN: 0545060508. OCLC Number: 657648807

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Throughout the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan Cahill have uncovered history's greatest mysteries and their family's deadliest secrets. But are they ready to face the truth about the Cahills and the key to their unmatched power? After a whirlwind race that's taken them across five continents, Amy and Dan face the most the difficult challenge yet -- a task no Cahill dared to imagine. When faced with a choice that could change the future of the world, can two kids succeed where 500 years worth of famous ancestors failed?

Just Ella /
ISBN: 1416936491. OCLC Number: 39335853

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Leaving Fishers /
ISBN: 068986793X. OCLC Number: 55480402

Simon Pulse,. .

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?

Palace of lies /
ISBN: 1442442824. OCLC Number: 905657959

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"After a terrible fire destroys her home and kills her twelve sister-princesses, Desmia must rise above those who intend to manipulate her and sieze power for themselves--and find out the truth"--

Palace of Mirrors /
ISBN: 1416939156. OCLC Number: 370810781

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Redeemed /
ISBN: 1442497580. OCLC Number: 879119411

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Jonah was able to save all of time from collapsing but in doing so gained a twin brother, Jordan, who must learn what has happened and do his own part to save time--and his parents.

Remarkables /
ISBN: 0062838466. OCLC Number: 1080426064

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Eleven-year-old Marin and her neighbor Charley hope that by preventing a disaster that occurred twenty years ago, they can save Charley's dad from a future of guilt and self-destructive behavior.

Revealed /
ISBN: 1416989870. OCLC Number: 903510787

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After returning the missing children from history to their original time periods, thirteen-year-old Jonah must save time itself when aviator Charles Lindbergh mysteriously appears and kidnaps Jonah's sister.

Risked /
ISBN: 1416989854. OCLC Number: 782251796

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Jonah, thirteen, and Katherine, eleven, travel through time to 1918 Russia just as Alexei, Anastasia, and the rest of Tsar Nicholas II's family is about to be executed. Author's note includes facts about the Romanov's and the mystery surrounding their deaths.

Running out of time /
ISBN: 0689812361. OCLC Number: 32313823

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Sabotaged /
ISBN: 1416954252. OCLC Number: 391339459

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Time-travelers Jonah and Katherine are summoned to help another missing child from history, this time Virginia Dare from the Roanoke Colony, but their journey is sabotaged and goes dangerously awry, leaving them in the wrong time period. Includes author's note about the history of Roanoke Colony and Virginia Dare.

Say what?
ISBN: 9781439106754. OCLC Number: 871039781

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

When their parents begin saying the wrong thing every time six-year-old Sukey and her older brothers misbehave, the children discover that it is a plot and fight back with their own wrong phrases.

Sent /
ISBN: 1416954228. OCLC Number: 227569445

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Takeoffs and landings /
ISBN: 0689832990. OCLC Number: 45486811

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

The always war /
ISBN: 1416995277. OCLC Number: 816815155

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In a war-torn future United States, fifteen-year-old Tessa, her childhood friend Gideon, now a traumatized military hero, and Dek, a streetwise orphan, enter enemy territory and discover the shocking truth about a war that began more than seventy-five years earlier.

The deceivers /
ISBN: 0062838407. OCLC Number: 1108437073

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Told from separate viewpoints, as Finn, Emma, and Chess Greystone and Natalie Mayhew, ages eight to thirteen, continue their quest to rescue their mothers they must return to the alternate dimension where truth is illegal.

The girl with 500 middle names /
ISBN: 0689841353. OCLC Number: 44860782

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

The house on the gulf /
ISBN: 1416914064. OCLC Number: 53355715

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

The strangers /
ISBN: 0062838377. OCLC Number: 1032292523

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Told from separate viewpoints, Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone, ages twelve, ten, and eight, investigate why their mother went missing and uncover their ties to an alternate world.

The summer of broken things /
ISBN: 1481417649. OCLC Number: 974911116

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Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted and sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts, once good friends, begrudgingly travel to Spain together for a summer vacation where they uncover a secret their families kept hidden from them their entire lives.

Torn /
ISBN: 1416989811. OCLC Number: 795594992

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Time travelers Jonah and Katherine arrive in 1611 to rescue missing child John Hudson, son of the explorer Henry Hudson, but just as the mutiny on the Discovery is supposed to start, Jonah and Katherine's knowledge of history is tested once again, and they fear that more is at stake than just one boy's life. Author's note includes facts about Henry Hudson's explorations.

Turnabout /
ISBN: 141693653x. OCLC Number: 85824656

Simon Pulse,. .

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.

Under their skin /
ISBN: 1481417592. OCLC Number: 891565645

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Twelve-year-old twins Nick and Eryn investigate why their mother and new stepfather are keeping secrets, why they are forbidden to meet their stepsiblings, and, most important, why their lives are in danger.

Uprising /
ISBN: 1416911715. OCLC Number: 77333469

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.