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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Franny Billingsley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1954


-- Website -- http://www.frannybillingsley.com/
-- Franny Billingsley on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=franny+billingsley

E-Mail: -- Contact through Billingsley


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.


Awards

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 [http://www.frannybillingsley.com/programs.html School and Library Programs Link] under the "Speaking and Teaching" tab on her website.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Big Bad Bunny /
ISBN: 1416906010. OCLC Number: 74964188

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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: 9781101476048. OCLC Number: 759839207

Dial Books,. .

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.

Chime /
ISBN: 0803735529. OCLC Number: 535490686

Dial Books,. .

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.

The Folk Keeper
ISBN: 9781408813195. OCLC Number: 703851092

Bloomsbury,. .

Corinna Stonewall is fifteen years old and an orphan. She is also Rhysbridge Fondling Home's Folk Keeper - a difficult and dangerous job which consists of looking after and controlling the Folk. The Folk are spiteful, maverick and savage creatures, They spoil the milk, terrify the livestock and threaten all manner of malicious deeds unless pacified by gifts of cream, salt pork and similar luxuries.

The Folk Keeper /
ISBN: 0689844611. OCLC Number: 48076101

. .

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.

Well Wished
ISBN: 9780689848117. OCLC Number: 869439910

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

A coin for passage to your heart's desire, says Agnes, Guardian of the Wishing Well in the village of Bishop Mayne. That is the first rule. But Nuria doesn't think she needs a wish. Wishing on the Well is dangerous. Wishes often go wrong. That's why there are no other children around. A wish-gone-wrong took them all away. But now, because her grandfather, the Avy, has wished for them to come back, Nuria is sure that the one thing she wants -- a friend her own age -- will soon be there. One wish each lifetime, says Agnes. One cycle of the moon to repent and call it back. That is the second rule. Only a fool would make a wish that needs to be called back, Nuria thinks. But that's before she meets Catty Winter, who cannot walk, whose legs are mysteriously crippled. Make a wish for me, Catty pleads. And Nuria is tempted. But what if the wish goes wrong? And for that cycle of the moon your lips are locked in this: To no one may you speak of your wish. To no one but to me, for your wish is my wish too. That is the third rule. Nuria has given little thought to the third rule. But there come moments when she wishes it did not exist. The Wishing Well, she is trickier than anyone has known. The Wishing Well in Bishop Mayne has a mind of its own and creates problems for all who try to use its power. Few have gotten anything but misery from it. Knowing this, however, does not keep Nuria, in a time of dire need, from trying to accomplish what few others have managed. Beauty and greed, warmth and cold, walk hand in hand in this unusual fantasy to create an adventure filled with friendship, challenge, and the magic of love.

Well wished /
ISBN: 0689832559. OCLC Number: 34886335

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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