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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Maureen Holohan  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: June 18, 1972, in Troy, NY

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Illinois Connection

Maureen attended Northwestern University. After graduating, she played semi-pro ball in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Maureen attended Northwestern University on a full basketball scholarship. She earned All-Big Ten and honorable-mention All-American honors. In the classroom, she was all Academic Big-Ten and a winner of the prestigious Randolph Hearst Journalism Award for feature writing.After graduating, Maureen played semi-pro ball in Chicago. When torn arches hindered her career, she began to focus on writing. Unable to find any literature about girls with a passion for sports, she wrote and self-published seven books in The Broadway Ballplayers series. In less than three years, Maureen sold over 100,000 copies of her books.

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Titles At Your Library

Left Out (Broadway Ballplayers)
ISBN: 074340744X

Aladdin. 2001

"A girl doesn't belong on the all-star team. She isn't tough enough." The coaches and parents didn't even bother to whisper. To them, I was not an all-star. I was the girl playing shortstop. I was the girl up to bat. I was the easy out. For weeks, I went to practice and stared down a coach who lobbed me the ball and stuck me on the bench. Then I went home to a father who told me I needed to play harder and study more. Nothing I did on the field or in school was ever enough. One day I stood up at the plate with what felt like three strikes already against me. It came down to one pitch, one moment to prove them all wrong. -- Rosie

Don't Stop by Angel (Broadway Ballplayers (Pocket Paperback))
ISBN: 0613972457

Tandem Library. 2001

Sideline Blues (Broadway Ballplayers)
ISBN: 0743407458

Aladdin. 2001

I should be an all-star. I should be player of the game! All my coach had to do was open her eyes. Then she'd see my all-star, MVP, All-American potential and I could start filling up my trophy case. Yet for reasons beyond my comprehension, I ended up riding the pine and singing the blues ninety-nine percent of the time. Then my volleyball woes took a back seat to the task of bringing the gold home to Broadway Ave. in the Brightest Stars academic competition. While my dad worked double shifts to pay the bills, I knew my mother was watching over me from heaven. I had to get in the game and I had to win. -- Wil

Friday Nights (Broadway Ballplayers)
ISBN: 0606206663

Demco Media. 2002

Molly and her friends form a basketball team in a league that plays on Friday evenings, and must learn discipline and how to get along with the girls on the other teams both on and off the court.

Everybody's Favorite: By Penny (Broadway Ballplayers (Pocket Paperback))
ISBN: 0613979559

Topeka Bindery. 2000

Ice Cold (Broadway Ballplayers)
ISBN: 0743407474

Aladdin. 2002

"I'm so sick of those two bullies!" Dawn Miller and Eddie Thomas must have "get under Molly's skin" at the top of their list of favorite things to do. But I'm not the only victim. They're out to terrorize everyone -- the meek, the mild, and of course, the mouthy like me. Somebody's got to put an end to this bully business. I know, I know, no fights. I've already been warned. I came up with a better plan: form a hockey team and beat Dawn and Eddie at their favorite game. The Broadway Ballplayers are gonna bully bust Lincoln School. -- Molly

Catch Shorty (Broadway Ballplayers)
ISBN: 0743407482

Aladdin. 2002

"They might be moving, but I'm not going anywhere." With the first girls' football league kicking off, my family could just go without me. I assured them I would be perfectly happy living in my best friend's basement, close enough to the park where we had to put an end to that powder puff stuff. With full pads and helmets is the only way my friends and I play football. Aside from scoring touchdowns, I had some serious off-the-field business. The Ballplayers and I had to score with Operation I'm Not Moving to keep my cleats on Broadway Avenue. -- Rosie Meet the Ballplayers -- a fearless five with a passion for sports, hanging with friends, and life on Broadway Avenue.



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