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Name:  Pamela Dean Dyer-Bennet  

Pen Name: Pamela Dean

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1953 in Illinois

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Pamela Dean was born in Illinois and raised in Illinois, Missouri, and Nebraska

Biographical and Professional Information

Pamela decided to be a writer in the fifth grade. Her first idea was to be a poet, and her first published piece of work was a poem called “After Sorcery,” which appeared in Seventeen Magazine sometime around 1969. However, when she realized that, at the age of thirty, she was still writing very good poetry for a fifteen-year-old, she gave up the idea.She has a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.A. from SUNY-Binghamton, and quotes too much as a result. She wrote her master’s thesis on Shakespeare’s problem plays, and has never really been free of Shakespeare since. Fortunately, he is an enjoyable ghost to have haunting one. She enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, being an intermittent part of local science-fiction fandom, and attending the theater. She lives in Minneapolis.

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ISBN: 0142501433. OCLC Number: 58976186

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The secret country /
ISBN: 0142501530. OCLC Number: 53401392

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For the past nine years, cousins Patrick, Ruth, Ellen, Ted and Laura have played at "The Secret"--A game full of witches, unicorns, a magic ring and court intrigue. In the secret, they can imagine anything into reality, and shape destiny. Then the unbelievable happens: by trick or by chance, they find themselves in the Secret Country, their made-up identities now real. They have arrived at the start of their game, with the country on the edge of war. What was once exciting and wonderful now looms threateningly before them and no one is sure how to stop it ... or if they will ever get back home.

The whim of the dragon /
ISBN: 0142501611. OCLC Number: 53973425

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