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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Franny Billingsley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1954

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Illinois Connection

Billingsley graduated from University of Chicago High School and currently resides in Lake Forest.

Biographical and Professional Information

Franny Billingsley graduated from Tufts University in 1976 and from Boston University Law School in 1979. After moving back to Chicago, she wrote for many years while working at 57th Street Books in Hyde Park until 1999. She is now an award-winning author of children's books and fantasy novels for young adults.

Published Works

    Well Wished, Atheneum, 2000The Folk Keeper, Atheneum, 2001Big Bad Bunny, Atheneum, 2008Chime, Dial, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

Well wished /
ISBN: 0689832559. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1997.

In a time of dire need, eleven-year-old Nuria tries to outwit the magical wishing well in her mysterious mountain village.

The Folk Keeper /
ISBN: 0689844611. OCLC Number:

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Orphaned Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea.

Big Bad Bunny /
ISBN: 1416906010. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2008.

When Baby Boo-Boo, a mouse dressed in a bunny suit, becomes lost in the forest, his mother follows the sound of his cries to locate him.

Chime /
ISBN: 0803735529. OCLC Number:

Dial Books,. New York :. ©2011.

In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.


Well Wished

  • Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize Honor Book for best fantasy written in the English language in 1998
  • The Folk Keeper

  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, 2000
  • Chime

  • National Book Award for Young People's Literature Finalist, 2011
  • 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Billingsley enjoys presenting writing workshops and teacher seminars. Go to the School under the "Speaking and Teaching" tab on her website.