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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Wendy McClure  

Pen Name: None

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Born: 1971 in Oak Park, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

McClure was born and raised in Oak Park and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wendy McClure is an author, columnist and a senior editor of middle grade and young adult books at Albert Whitman & Co. She graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has been writing for well over a decade. Her essays have appeared in the ''The New York Times Magazine'', ''The Chicago Sun-Times'', and in numerous anthologies. McClure has also written the ebook - ''Don't Trade the Baby for a Horse: And Other Ways to Make Your Life a Little More Laura Ingalls Wilder'' and gathered a collection of the notorious retro Weight Watchers recipe cards in a collection titled - ''The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan: Classic Diet Recipe Cards from the 1970s''. Her book, ''I'm Not the New Me'', is a memoir.


Awards

Wanderville


-- 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

The Wilder Life


-- Midwest Booksellers Choice Award
-- Barnes & Noble Discover Selection
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) For school visits Complete the [http://www.penguin.com/static/pages/youngreaders/teachers-librarians/author_appearance/ ''Author Request Form''] at Penguin Young Readers. For large-scale events with adult audiences, inquire through the [http://www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/wendy-mcclure ''Wendy McClure Page at the Penguin Speakerís Bureau''].

Selected Titles At Your Library

Escape to the world's fair /
ISBN: 1595148205. OCLC Number: 892041530

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"The orphans of Wanderville have decided never again to let themselves be misled by adults offering them shiny red apples and warm beds. They're going to make their way to California and establish a more permanent spot for Wanderville, one where the Society for Children's Aid and Relief (otherwise known as S-C-A-R) will never find them. But when the orphans are suddenly left without transportation, they must locate a new means of getting to their "town." Enter a dandy motorist with a proposition: If the orphans agree to take a mysterious gold medallion to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair on his behalf, they will receive a handsome reward that will allow them to book passage west. With a particularly relentless S-C-A-R agent on their tail and little hope of discovering other travel money, the citizens of Wanderville conclude that the motorist's offer is their best bet. What they don't realize, however, is just how treacherous the journey to the fair will be and how much they will need to sacrifice on the way to their new home."--Jacket flap.

Handbook on bullying prevention :
ISBN: 9780871015006. OCLC Number: 971462302

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I'm not the new me /
ISBN: 1594480745. OCLC Number: 57010015

Riverhead Books,. .

On track for treasure
ISBN: 9781595147028. OCLC Number: 870919785

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When the town sheriff discovers the exact location of 'Wanderville, ' the orphans who live there--Jack, Frances, Harold, Alexander, and their new friends--must flee their home in the woods--

The princess and the peanut allergy
ISBN: 9781619131279. OCLC Number: 790272609

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Regina must find a solution when she learns her best friend has peanut allergy and cannot eat Regina's fabulous planned birthday cake. Includes note from a pediatric allergist.

The princess and the peanut allergy /
ISBN: 0807566233. OCLC Number: 237788670

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Regina must find a solution when she learns her best friend has peanut allergy and cannot eat Regina's fabulous planned birthday cake. Includes note from a pediatric allergist.

The Wilder life :
ISBN: 9781455855339. OCLC Number: 899042773

Brilliance Audio ;. .

McClure irreverently retraces the pioneer journeys of the Ingalls family as depicted in the famous Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, identifying its fictional and factual aspects while visiting the historical sites where young Laura grew up.

The Wilder life :
ISBN: 1594487804. OCLC Number: 646111796

Riverhead Books,. .

For anyone who has ever wanted to step into the world of a favorite book, here is a pioneer pilgrimage, a tribute to Laura Ingalls Wilder, and a hilarious account of butter-churning obsession. Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder -- a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places McClure has never been to yet somehow knows by heart. She traces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family -- looking for the Big Woods among the medium trees in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a prairie hailstorm in South Dakota. She immerses herself in all things Little House -- exploring the story from fact to fiction, and from the TV shows to the annual summer pageants in Laura's hometowns. Whether she's churning butter in her apartment or sitting in a replica log cabin, McClure is always in pursuit of "the Laura experience." Along the way she comes to understand how Wilder's life and work have shaped our ideas about girlhood and the American West. The Wilder Life is a loving, irreverent, spirited tribute to a series of books that have inspired generations of American women. It is also an incredibly funny first-person account of obsessive reading, and a story about what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones -- and find that our old love has only deepened. - Jacket flap.

Wanderville
ISBN: 1595147004. OCLC Number: 849719240

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To escape rumored terrors in Kansas, New Yorkers Jack and Frances, eleven, and Frances's brother Harold, seven, jump off an orphan train in 1899 and help new friend Alexander to build Wanderville, a safe place for homeless children.

Wanderville :
ISBN: 1595147039. OCLC Number: 892041568

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"When the town sheriff discovers the exact location of 'Wanderville, ' the orphans who live there--Jack, Frances, Harold, Alexander, and their new friends--must flee their home in the woods."--Provided by publisher.