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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kym Brunner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Brunner was born and raised in Chicago. She attended Our Lady of Victory Elementary School and Good Counsel High School in Chicago. She attended DePaul University & Northeastern Illinois University (undergrad) and received her Master of Education degree from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Her books also take place in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

When Kym is not writing, you'll find her teaching reading and language arts full-time to 7th graders in Prospect Heights, Illinois. She's been writing for over ten years and an active member of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. She leads two critique groups and often attends the national conference in LA. Kym is happily married and has three college-age daughters and two cute dogs.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Wanted - Dead or In Love
ISBN: 1440570574

Simon Pulse. 2014

Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father's Roaring 20's dinner show theater. When she cuts herself on one of the spent bullets from her father's gangster memorabilia collection, she unwittingly awakens Bonnie Parker's spirit, who begins speaking to Monroe from inside her head.

Later that evening, Monroe shows the slugs to Jack, a boy she meets at a party. He unknowingly becomes infected by Clyde, who soon commits a crime using Jack's body. The teens learn that they have less than twenty-four hours to ditch the criminals or they'll share their bodies with the deadly outlaws indefinitely.

One Smart Cookie
ISBN: 1623421233

Omnific Publishing. 2014

Sophie Dumbrowski has only gone out with three guys in her sixteen years--a moron, a liar, and a perv. She's dying to change her Facebook status to "In a Relationship," but how is she going to do that when Cosmo ranks her Guy-Q as category D: In Desperate Need of Help? Busia, her Polish grandma, offers to make a bargain with Dola, the Polish spirit of love, in exchange for Sophie's agreement to get along with her man-hungry mother, who owns a bakery.

Sophie jumps at the chance, ready to meet Chicago's hottest teenage boy. Shortly after the deal is made, Sophie and her mom get in a terrible fight, causing her mom to fire her. This prompts Busia to pronounce that Sophie's love life is now cursed. But when Sophie meets two incredibly gorgeous guys that same afternoon, she decides she'll need to secretly date them both until she discovers if they are good luck or bad news.

When the International Gourmet moves into their strip mall, the bakery business begins to tank. Sophie can't sit by and watch her future burn to a crisp. Can the three women patch up their differences and get the bakery back in business, or will Sophie's undercover double-dating scheme continue to curse them all? Only Dola knows for sure.

Flip the Bird
ISBN: 0544800850

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2016

Mercer Buddie wants two things in this world: a girlfriend and the chance to prove to his master falconer father that he’s not a flake. With hunting season fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Mercer has only a short time to work with Flip, a red-tailed hawk he irreverently named to show his dad that falconers don’t have to be so serious all the time.
When Mercer meets Lucy, he falls hard for her gorgeous looks and bubbly personality. He thinks his love life is about to take flight, until he discovers that Lucy and her family belong to a fanatical animal-rights organization called HALT—a group that believes imposing any sort of restrictions on animals is a form of cruelty. Mercer soon realizes that if he wants to keep seeing Lucy, he’ll need to keep his love of falconry and his family’s raptor rehabilitation center a secret from her, and Lucy’s involvement with HALT from his family.
With humor and honesty, Mercer’s story shows how growing up means making difficult choices…and sometimes, being rewarded in unexpected ways.


Flip the Bird

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Presentations on:

  • Writing for Young Adults
  • Humor
  • Top Ten Things Kym Did to Get Published
  • Turning TV Time into Literary Gold Skype or In-Person School visits, Book Club Visits (within an hour of NW suburbs)

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