Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tina P. Schwartz  

Pen Name: None



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Illinois Connection

Schwartz lives in Grayslake, Illinois and graduated from Columbia College in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Schwartz enjoys writing for children as well as meeting many, many kids while doing author visits at schools, libraries and book signings at stores. A Columbia College graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communication, Mrs. Schwartz worked in Advertising for several years until becoming a mother. She began writing and worked part-time as an Assistant Youth Librarian, and now writes full-time while staying home with her children.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Motocross Freestyle (Dirt Bikes)
ISBN: 0736824367

Capstone Press. 2004

Describes the sport of freestyle motocross, including the major competitions, stunts, and athletes involved.

Organ Transplants: A Survival Guide for the Entire Family (It Happened to Me)
ISBN: 0810849240

Scarecrow Press. 2005

This is a one-of-a-kind book that addresses the issue of what it's like to be involved with an organ transplant procedure. It's filled with real-life stories of teens whose parents, siblings, or other family members are transplant recipients as well as teens who have had transplants themselves and includes stories of recipients who have received heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, and double-lung transplants.

This book describes the physical and emotional ups and downs that are part of the transplant process. It addresses, from both the recipient's and family's point of view, what it feels like to be placed on the transplant list, to wait for an organ, to receive "false alarm" calls to come to the transplant center, to finally undergo the transplant operation, to recover, to deal with setbacks of surgery and organ rejection, and to live on anti-rejection drugs the rest of one's life. Also detailed are the medical, financial, mental, and other preparations that must be undertaken as part of the transplant process. Guidance on what to expect, how to help, where to seek assistance, and how to support the patient is also given.

Answers to the tough practical and emotional questions that teens have about an organ transplant, such as will my parent survive the surgery, how long will it take for my parent to recover, and why is this happening to me are discussed? Numerous question-and-answer sections of frequently asked questions about organ transplants and the myths that surround them are included, as well as contact information for organizations that provide many forms of assistance for recipients and their families.

Through all the serious issues, however, this book offers much hope and promise for recipients and their families through the stories of those whose lives have been greatly improved through an organ transplant. This is the ideal resource for all readers who are interested in the subject of organ donation and transplant, including those who are facing a transplant and their family members as well a

Writing and Publishing: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me)
ISBN: 0810856476

Scarecrow Press. 2009

Edgar Allen Poe, Langston Hughes, Louisa May Alcott, and Stephen King are just a handful of famous authors who began their publishing careers in their teens. Many young adults would like to write and publish but few know where to begin. While there are many books on how to write and how to get published, none are written specifically for teens. Writing and Publishing: The Ultimate Teen Guide fills this gap.

In this book, author Tina Schwartz discusses many matters that are not often presented in guides to writing and publishing, such as the importance of mentors and critique groups, as well as courses and extracurricular activities that can be of great help to the up-and-coming teen author. The book explores various writing careers and the basics of publishing and marketing, including how to write query letters. Schwartz also provides tips on writing both fiction and nonfiction, as well as genres a new author can explore, like poetry and songwriting. With this resource, teens will find all the information they need to develop writing skills and build confidence as a writer.

Ice Fishing (Reel It in)
ISBN: 1448863597

Powerkids Pr. 2012

Explains when and where to ice fish, the equipment, and why people enjoy the sport.

Freshwater Fishing (Reel It in (Paperback))
ISBN: 1448863570

PowerKids Press. 2012

Rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds are all great places to spend a day fishing. This book offers an accessible introduction to the joys of freshwater fishing. Young readers will learn what kinds of fish live in freshwater. The volume explores some of the many methods used to catch these fish, from fly-fishing to noodling to basic angling. Readers will pick up handy fishing tips and enjoy looking at great photographs of fishermen in action.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)


  • Half-Day School Visit ($375)

    Up to three hours, includes two assemblies maximum + Question & Answer sessions, plus an individual classroom visit

  • Full-Day School Visit ($750)

    Up to six hours, minus 30 minutes for lunch, includes any combination of assemblies and individual classroom visits, plus Question & Answer sessions

  • Public Library "Author Visit" ($500)

    One hour visit, with question and answer session, where author describes process of how an idea gets from her head, to paper, to a publisher, to a book store. Also, Tina will show some of her work and share upcoming projects.


  • $125/per hour (two hour minimum)

    - Instructional workshop on writing and getting published (magazines or books,)

    tailored to specific audience/age groups. Contact author to set up visits and have contract sent to you. ''Note If fees are a true issue for your school, e-mail the author to discuss.''