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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Keith McGowan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Children's Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1968 in Brooklyn, New York

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Illinois Connection

McGown lived and worked in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Keith McGowan has worked most of his life as an educator. He helped run an elementary afterschool program and day camp, taught mathematics and science, volunteered for a year as a teacher in Haiti, developed curricula for a non-profit in Chicago that helps students go to college, and tutored students who were unable to attend school full-time. Nowadays he writes fiction full-time.In 2010, Keith was awarded the Thurber House residency, given to one children’s book author each year in honor of American author and humorist James Thurber. His first book for children, ''The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children'', was named a 2010 ALA Notable Children’s Recording and a 2011 Texas Bluebonnet book. McGowen currently resides with his family in Vienna, Austria.


'The Witchs Guide to Cooking with Children ' ALA Notable Childrens Recording, 2010 Texas Bluebonnet book, 2011

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) McGowan is represented by McIntosh & Otis in New York - [ http //].

Selected Titles At Your Library

The witch's curse /
ISBN: 0805093249. OCLC Number: 795175004

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"A shadowy witch, a cursed hunter--it's tricky business for Sol and Connie as they face off against this awful pair"--

The witch's guide to cooking with children /
ISBN: 0805086684. OCLC Number: 283802590

Henry Holt and Co.,. .

Eleven-year-old inventor Sol must recover his self-confidence if he and his eight-year-old sister, Connie, are to escape the clutches of Hansel and Gretel's witch, to whom they have been led by their new stepmother and the man they believe to be their father.