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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Claire Zulkey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1979 in Evanston, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Zulkey was born and raised in Evanston. She still resides there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Claire Zulkey is an advertising copywriter. She graduated from Georgetown University and Northwestern University's Creative Writing Masters program. Her work has appeared in print in the Chicago Tribune, online at McSweeney's Internet Tendency, on stage at Second City, and over the airwaves on NPR. She also produces the Chicago literary humor reading series ''Funny Ha-Ha''. She and fellow friend and young adult author, John Green, started the series together.

Published Works

  • Girls!, Girls!, Girls!, So New Media, 2004
  • An Off Year, Dutton, 2009
  • Picture Perfect #3: Best Frenemies, HarperCollins, 2015 - written with Cari Simmons

Selected Titles At Your Library

Girls! Girls! Girls! /
ISBN: 0972763619. OCLC Number:

So New Media,. Austin, Tex. :. ©2003.

Humorous stories and observations, many of which were first published on the internet, by an ETHS graduate of 1967.

An off year /
ISBN: 0525421599. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. ©2009.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.

Best frenemies.
ISBN: 0062318454. OCLC Number:

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"Side by side by side? Alice Kinney shouldn't be nervous about starting middle school. She's got her best friend, Cassidy, by her side, so it can't be that bad, right? Except, Cass isn't at her side. For the first time since kindergarten, Alice and Cassidy aren't in any of the same classes, and Alice is stuck with a brand-new crew in honors class! The girls try to stay in touch from across the hallway with the help of a shared notebook--but when Alice accidentally befriends not-so-nice Nikki from Cassidy's dance class, she keeps it to herself. Cass will never understand. That is, not until Alice shows her that Nikki is just misunderstood, right? Alice juggles both friendships, waiting for the right moment to tell everyone the truth. But then, disaster strikes: Cass's play and Nikki's math competition fall on the same night. Neither girl will ever forgive Alice if she misses their big day... What is Alice supposed to do when her two best friends are total enemies?"--Page [4] of cover.


An Off Year

  • Indie Next List, 2009
  • Best Books for Young Adults, ALA, 2010

    Speaking Engagements

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