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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.

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Titles At Your Library

Well Wished
ISBN: 0689832559

Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2000

One wish for a lifetime...
In the village of Bishop Mayne there is a magical Wishing Well where a person may make one wish in a lifetime. But the Well can create problems for those who use its power, for wishes often go wrong. It was just such a wish that took all the children in the town away. Only eleven-year-old Nuria, who lives with her grandfather up on the mountain, remains.
Then one child returns -- Catty Winter. Catty's legs are mysteriously crippled, and Catty desperately wants Nuria to make a wish so she can walk again. Nuria swears she will make the wish for her friend. But the Well has a mind of its own. What if Nuria's wish qoes wrong?

The Folk Keeper (Jean Karl Books (Paperback))
ISBN: 0689844611

Aladdin Paperbacks. 2001

She doesn't really know who she is or what she wants...
Corinna is a Folk Keeper. Her job is to keep the mysterious Folk who live beneath the ground at bay. But Corinna has a secret that even she doesn't fully comprehend, until she agrees to serve as Folk Keeper at Marblehaugh Park, a wealthy family's seaside manor. There her hidden powers burst into full force, and Corinna's life changes forever...

Big Bad Bunny
ISBN: 1416906010

Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 2008

At home,
in the Mouse House,
Baby Boo-Boo gets no respect.

Just look at her name:
Baby Boo-Boo.

She's no baby!

The word drives her wild in a big, bad way.

And here's Mama Mouse calling, always calling after her,

"Baby! Where are you, Baby?"

It's humiliating.
Mice (and other small persons)
will understand what
Big Bad Boo-Boo does.

It's quite naughty.

ISBN: 0803735529

Dial Books. 2011

Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.


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.