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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Nourie  

Pen Name: Mary Jessie Parker


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1948 in Kankakee, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Nourie was born in Kankakee, Illinois and is a life-long resident of central Illinois. She taught grades 1-3 in Cissna Park and Danville, Illinois public schools. She currently resides in Newman, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nourie has sold fiction stories, articles, and poems to ''Cricket'', ''Highlights'', ''Jack and Jill'', ''Zootles'', ''Clubhouse Jr'', ''Pennywhistle Press'', and ''Volunteer Fireman'' magazines.

Published Works

  • Night Fire!, Scholastic, 1989
  • City Storm, Scholastic, 1990
  • Wild and Woolly, Dutton Children's Books, 2004
  • The Deep, Deep, Puddle, Dutton Children's Books, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Night fire! /
ISBN: 0590414232. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1989.

"Night comes. Sparks leap. Fire grows. Alarm buzzes. Children wake. Sirens shriek." In terse statements, the mood of a night fire in a home is evoked. Includes advice for fire prevention and for dealing with a fire in the home.

City storm.
ISBN: 0590423061. OCLC Number:

Scholastic (Us),. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1993.

Wild & Woolly /
ISBN: 0525472762. OCLC Number:

Dutton Childrens Books,. New York :. ©2005.

Wild, a bighorn sheep, and Woolly, a ranch sheep, decide to try each other's lives but find that they prefer their own after all.

The deep deep puddle /
ISBN: 0803737653. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2013.

During an overnight rainstorm, a large and deep puddle forms across a city street, and the next day increasing numbers of creatures or things disappear into it, from one shaggy dog to nine robbers.



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