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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Marlee Bethany Matlin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1965 in Morton Grove, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Marlee was born and raised in Illinois and graduated from John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights and attended Harper College.

Biographical and Professional Information

Marlee Matlin is an actress who at 21 was the youngest recipient of an Oscar for best actress. She received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures' "Children of a Lesser God," in addition to the Oscar, Marlee received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.

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Titles At Your Library

Deaf Child Crossing
ISBN: 0689822081

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 2002

Cindy looked straight at Megan. Now she looked a little frustrated. "What's the matter? Are you deaf or something?" she yelled back.

Megan screamed out, and then fell to the ground, laughing hysterically. "How did you know that?" she asked as she laughed.

Megan is excited when Cindy moves into her neighborhood -- maybe she'll finally have a best friend. Sure enough, the two girls quickly become inseparable. Cindy even starts to learn sign language so they can communicate more easily.

But when they go away to summer camp together, problems arise. Cindy feels left out because Megan is spending all of her time with Lizzie, another deaf girl Megan resents that Cindy is always trying to help her, even when she doesn't need help. Before they can mend their differences, both girls have to learn what it means to be a friend.

Marlee Matlin, Academy Award-winning actress, has written a compelling and often humorous story of friendship, loosely based on events from her own childhood growing up in Chicago. Deaf Child Crossing will strike a chord with anyone who has ever had, or wanted, a best friend.

Nobody's Perfect
ISBN: 068986986X

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2006

"She's practically perfect," Megan said thoughtfully. She repeated the new girl's name, practicing the way Ms. Endee had written it on the whiteboard. "Alexis Powell."

Megan has spent forever planning her positively purple birthday sleepover. She's even made glittery purple invitations for every girl in her class. Then a new girl, Alexis, joins their class. Alexis seems perfect: She's smart, pretty, and rules the soccer games on the playground. But no matter how hard Megan tries to be a friend to Alexis, the new girl is aloof or rude. At first, Megan thinks Alexis is shy. Then Megan starts to fear that Alexis is treating her differently because she's deaf. When the girls are forced to collaborate on a science fair project, Megan learns the truth -- and realizes that nobody's perfect.

Once again Marlee Matlin draws on experiences from her own childhood to tell Megan's story. In this funny, poignant book, readers will root for Megan, a spirited young girl who doesn't let anything stand in her way.

Leading Ladies
ISBN: 0689869878

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2007

"It doesn't make sense to the book, Dorothy is a girl who can hear and talk - and Toto is a little dog. So I'm sorry - but I just don't see a Dorothy who's deaf and talks with her hands and has a great big dog for Toto!"

Megan's fourth-grade class is putting on their own original musical based on the book The Wizard of Oz, and Megan wants to be the star of the show and play Dorothy. Since she's deaf, she will sign the songs for her audition. However, a problem develops when Lizzie, her best friend from camp, transfers from her all-deaf school to Megan's class - and signs the same two songs that Megan was going to do! Luckily, Megan has some other ideas up her sleeve...

Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney follow Deaf Child Crossing and Nobody's Perfect with this winning story that perfectly captures the humor, joys, and frustration of childhood friendships.

I'll Scream Later
ISBN: 1439102856

Gallery Books. 2009

The actress describes how she lost her hearing at the age of eighteen months, the challenges of being a role model for the deaf and hearing-impaired community, and her personal struggles with addiction and abuse.

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