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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Raye Ann Saunoris  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Saunoris grew up in Oak Forest and currently resides in Country Club Hills, Illinois. She graduated from Tinley Park High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Raye Ann Saunoris is an artist, designer and illustrator. Since winning an art competition in the 4th grade, she has been an artist but after the loss of her two children, art took a new turn for her and became her way to work through her mourning. From painting benches to wall murals for organizations and celebrities in the Chicago area, Raye Ann has recently illustrated a new book, ''The Secret Drawer'', by Illinois author, Nancy Gee.


Mom's Choice Award , The Secret Drawer

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The secret drawer /
ISBN: 0990560317. OCLC Number: 897439709

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Based on a true story, after a real flying squirrel found its way into her bedroom and into her sock drawer. The adventure began when her cat, Odis, refused to budge from the front of the dresser for two long days.