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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cheryl Aylward Whitesel  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: in Rochester, New York

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Illinois Connection

Whitesel went to college at Northwestern University and currently resides in Western Springs.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born in Rochester, New York, Cherly Aylward Whitesel has also lived in Illinois, Louisiana, and Michigan and spent twelve years in Asia. After her son was born, she left her law career and pursued her dream to write books for children.


'Blue Fingers

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Blue fingers :
ISBN: 0618381392. OCLC Number: 53469715

Clarion Books,. .

Having failed apprenticeship as a dye maker, Koji is captured and forced to train as a ninja, where he remains disloyal until he discovers samurai have burned his former village.

Rebel :
ISBN: 0688167357. OCLC Number: 42680251

HarperCollins,. .

Although he rebels against life in the Tibetan Buddhist monastery where he had been sent, fourteen-year-old Thunder comes to some amazing realizations about himself.