Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Julie Halpern  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: January 14 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Halpern is a Chicago native and currently resides in a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Halpern is a middle-school librarian and author. She is married to Matthew Cordell, an Illinois author and illustrator of children's books.

Published Works

  • Toby and the Snowflakes, Houghton Mifflin, 2004 - illustrated by her husband, Illinois author, Matthew Cordell
  • Get Well Soon, Feiwell and Friends, 2007
  • Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, Feiwell and Friends, 2009
  • Don't Stop Now, Feiwel & Friends, 2011
  • Have a Nice Day, Feiwel and Friends, 2012
  • The F- It List, Feiwel and Friends, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

Toby and the snowflakes /
ISBN: 0618420045. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 2004.

Lonely after his best friend moves away, Toby finds new playmates in the talking snowflakes that begin to fall.

Get well soon /
ISBN: 0312367953. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2007.

When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenaged girl, who suffers from panic attacks, describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend.

Into the wild nerd yonder /
ISBN: 0312382529. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York, NY :. 2009.

When high school sophomore Jessie's long-term best friend transforms herself into a punk and goes after Jessie's would-be boyfriend, Jessie decides to visit "the wild nerd yonder" and seek true friends among classmates who play Dungeons and Dragons.

Don't stop now /
ISBN: 0312643462. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2011.

Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil's sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

Have a nice day /
ISBN: 1250034205. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2012.

When Anna returns from a three-week stay in a mental hospital she struggles to resume a normal life in the face of her parents' arguments and peers who are afraid to ask her what happened.

The F- it list /
ISBN: 1250056950. OCLC Number:

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When Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex's dad's funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family. Time passes, and Alex learns Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn't know she'll be able to finish now. That's where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.


Toby and the Snowflakes

  • Starred review in the Center for Children’s Books
  • Get Well Soon

  • NAMI-NYC Metro 2007 Ken Book Award for an outstanding literary contribution to a better understanding of mental illness Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book of 2007
  • 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • IRA Young Adult Choice 2009
  • 2009 Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
  • Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Have a Nice Day

  • Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
  • YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

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