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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karen Magnuson Beil  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Boston, Massachusetts


-- Website -- http://www.karenbeil.com/karenbeil/Home.html
-- Karen Magnuson Beil on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=karen+magnuson+beil

E-Mail: -- karen.magnuson.beil@gmail.com


Illinois Connection

Karen worked for Chicago's City News Bureau.

Biographical and Professional Information

After graduating college, Karen wrote articles about fires, murders, and robberies, and interviewed judges, firefighters, police officers, and even a notorious con man as a reporter for Chicago’s legendary City News Bureau. This was a wire service, a one-city version of the Associated Press, where many writers including Kurt Vonnegut got their hard-knocks start as cub reporters (they were called the “City News kids”). It’s where she learned to read upside down, ask tough questions, and meet deadlines. Since then, Karen has been an editor, science writer, magazine freelancer, publications director, and now writes for her most favorite audience—children.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

A cake all for me!
ISBN: 9780547170367. OCLC Number: 889598958

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. .

Using the themes and rhythms of traditional nursery rhymes, gives directions for baking and sharing a cake including nine, ten, eggs from the hen and fifteen, sixteen, a big bowl for mixing. Includes measurements and recipes.

A cake all for me! /
ISBN: 0439087244. OCLC Number: 47075937

Scholastic Inc.,. .

Using the themes and rhythms of traditional nursery rhymes, gives directions for baking and sharing a cake including "nine, ten, eggs from the hen" and "fifteen, sixteen, a big bowl for mixing." Includes measurements and recipes.

Fire in their eyes :
ISBN: 0152010424. OCLC Number: 38856047

Harcourt Brace,. .

Depicts in text and photographs the training, equipment, and real-life experiences of people who risk their lives to battle wildfires, as well as people who use fire for ecological reasons.

Grandma according to me /
ISBN: 0440409950. OCLC Number: 31373063

Dell Pub.,. .

A young girl shows how much she loves her grandmother by telling her what she likes about her.

Jack's house
ISBN: 9780545212427. OCLC Number: 441342339

Scholastic Audio,. .

Cumulative text reveals who was really responsible for the house that Jack claims to have built, and all of the trucks involved, from the bulldozer used to clear the land to the van that brought a hammock for the back yard.

Jack's house /
ISBN: 0823422429. OCLC Number: 449200773

Holiday House,. .

Cumulative text reveals who was really responsible for the house that Jack claims to have built, and all of the trucks involved, from the bulldozer used to clear the land to the van that brought a hammock for the back yard.

Mooove over! :
ISBN: 0823417360. OCLC Number: 52929778

Holiday House,. .

A trolley driver tries to keep track of how many riders he has on board, but a rude cow on the trolley makes it impossible.