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General Information

Name:  Hilary Wagner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Childrens Fantasy Fiction Middle Grade Other Young Adult

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

I'm born and raised in Illinois, living in Chicago and its suburbs.

Biographical and Professional Information

I'm a children's author represented by Marietta Zacker of the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. My first book, ''NIGHTSHADE CITY'', is coming Fall 2010, from Holiday House Books for Young Readers. I live in Chicagoland with my fantastic husband, Eric, & our two crazy kids! I love stories that make me smile when I read the ending, but leave me sad that I have no more left to read. That's how I know I've read a great book! Need an author to speak at your school or event? Let me know. I'll bring my rats!

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Nightshade City (Nightshade Chronicles, Book I)
ISBN: 0823422852

Holiday House. 2010

Deep beneath a modern metropolis lies the Catacombs, the kingdom of remarkable rats of superior intellect. Juniper and his maverick band of rebel rats have been plotting ever since the Bloody Coup turned the Catacombs, a once-peaceful democracy, into a brutal dictatorship ruled by decadent High Minister Killdeer and his vicious henchman, Billycan, a former lab rat with a fondness for butchery. When three young orphan rats--brothers Vincent and Victor and a clever female named Clover--flee the Catacombs in mortal peril and join forces with the rebels, it proves to be the spark that ignites the long-awaited battle to overthrow their oppressors and create a new city--Nightshade City. View the trailer on the Nightshade City website!

The White Assassin: Book II of the Nightshade Chronicles
ISBN: 0823424855

Holiday House. 2012

Book II of the Nightshade Chronicles begins three years after Juniper and his rebel band of rats liberate the Catacombs and defeat their oppressors. A sense of peace has settled over Nightshade City, but it is a false one. Billycan, the white assassin, has been found. Deep in the southern swamps, he now rules a primitive horde of savage swamp rats eager to overrun Nightshade City and claim it for their king. With the help of an ancient colony of bats and an uneasy alliance with the swamp snakes, Juniper and his Council set out to thwart Billycan's plans. When an old secret is revealed--one so shocking it shakes both Billycan and Juniper to the core--the fate of Nightshade City and the life of Juniper's only son depend on Juniper's decision: should he help his mortal enemy? The past resurfaces with devastating impact in this exciting sequel to Nightshade City, a dark tale on intrigue, deception, and betrayal.

Lords of Trillium: Book III of the Nightshade Chronicles
ISBN: 0823424138

Holiday House. 2014

When the albino rat Billycan left Trillium at the end of The White Assassin, he fled to the island of Tosca. There, here learns that a former ally, working undercover in Nightshade City, is plotting to free Killdeer's imprisoned evil generals and seize power. He races back to Trillium to join in the coup -- but on which side? So begins the gripping conclusion to Hilary Wagner's Nightshade Chronicles. But something even more sinister is afoot in Trillium City. Rats are disappearing, and so Juniper leads a search party topside, where they discover that Prince Pharmaceuticals, the insidious corporation that tortured so many rats, is back in business, still searching for the secret of Trillium rats' incredible intelligence and longevity. The fate of the Nightshade rats is in Billycan's hands, but can he be trusted? Can he use his connection to the human scientists to ensure the safety of the Lords of Trillium forever?

Speaking Engagements

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  • Agent

    Marietta Zacker of the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency (973)