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General Information

Name:  Bob Boone  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Boone grew up in Winnetka and currently lives in Glencoe. He holds a PhD in English Education from Northwester University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bob Boone started teaching in 1964. He has taught in Staten Island, Germany, Highland Park, and Chicago. In 1991, he founded Young Chicago Authors to provide opportunities for young writers from the city. He has written several textbooks, a teaching memoir, and a sports biography. Along with coauthoring Write Through Chicago, he and Mark Henry Larson have written two other creative writing books, Moe's Cafe and Joan's Junk Shop. Forest High is his first work of fiction, and Back to Forest High is his second.

A writer, teacher, and editor, Boone has contributed to The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, Confluence, The Willow Review, and other journals, magazines and newspapers. Bob's first book, a biography of baseball star Hack Wilson, was published in 1978. He was also a consultant for the movie Hoop Dreams.

In 2002, Boone was named Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago magazine.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Back to Forest High :
ISBN: 1937484386. OCLC Number: 946039386

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Ruben's career move -- Air and space -- Funny in the summer -- "Isn't that Abby Hoffman over there"--The caddy -- London 101 -- Coach -- Brothers -- The replacement -- Bud comes back -- Freddy's place.

Forest High :
ISBN: 0970841663. OCLC Number: 750706907

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Chairmen Mildred -- Second chance -- Max the terrorist -- Coach -- Special project -- Funny in the summer -- Ready or not -- Headmaster -- The caddy.

Inside Job :
ISBN: 0972433910. OCLC Number: 52572322

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Write through Chicago :
ISBN: 1937484157. OCLC Number: 1256750154

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Write Through Chicago offers both teachers and students a unique opportunity to connect with Chicago and its remarkable history. Young writers will mourn at Lincoln’s Chicago Funeral, marvel at the Columbian Exposition, gather with the crowd at the Haymarket Riot, drive to Riverview Amusement Park, chomp down on the first McDonald’s Burger, and celebrate at Grant Park as Barack Obama delivers his presidential acceptance speech. They’ll craft a wide range of written forms, from stories and poems to polemics, monologues, diaries, letters and more. All Write Through Chicago writing activities align to NCTE & Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and are supported by a website that provides students with ready access to specifically selected research materials. This unique design leaves teachers free to concentrate on helping students truly “learn about a city by writing about a city.”