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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cheryl Aylward Whitesel  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children; 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.

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Titles At Your Library

Rebel: A Tibetan Odyssey
ISBN: 0688167357

HarperCollins. 2000

In the closed society of turn-of-the-century Tibet, the outside world is a threatening place. But not to Thunder. Ever rebellious, he longs to become a trader and visit faraway places.

But when he has forbidden contact with a foreign explorer, Thunder is banished from his village. He is forced to join a monastery to lead a quiet life of study and meditation under the tutelage of his uncle, a high-ranking monk. At the monastery, though, life is anything but quiet. Thunder has to stand up to Zang-po, his uncle's resentful servant, and--even worse--defend himself against Pounder, the menacing soldier who endangers his life. Will he find peace at the monastery, or will he rebel against the life set out for him?

Readers will come to care about Thunder as they turn the pages of this fast-paced, engrossing story set in a truly captivating time and place.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)

Blue Fingers: A Ninja's Tale
ISBN: 0618381392

Clarion Books. 2004

The power and prowess of ninja never seem to lose their appeal to young readers, especially boys. Blue Fingers, a suspenseful, action-packed coming-of-age story set in feudal Japan, offers an up-close look at this noble, fierce way of life.
Through an odd twist of fate, a stubborn twelve-year-old boy named Koji is kidnapped by a secret ninja clan and taken to its hidden camp high in the mountains. He wants desperately to return home, but that is forbidden. He must forget his old life and become a ninja-or die. In this carefully researched and well-crafted novel, Koji must learn to survive in the mysterious and dangerous world of the ninja and fulfill a destiny far different from any he could have imagined. Afterword.


Blue Fingers

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