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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joan Bauer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1951 in Oak Park, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.joanbauer.com/
-- Joan Bauer on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=joan+bauer


Illinois Connection

Bauer was born in Oak Park and grew up in River Forest, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joan Bauer worked as a freelancer for broadcast and television before she started writing children’s books. Her first book was an immediate success and received several awards. Joan Bauer currently resides in New York.


Awards

Squashed


-- Delacorte Prize for an Outstanding First Young Adult Novel
-- School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Thwonk


-- ALA Best Book for Young Adults
-- ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Young Adults
-- YALSA Popular Paperback

Backwater


-- Smithsonian Magazine Best Book

Hope Was Here


-- Newbery Honor Award
-- Christopher Award
-- Michigan’s Thumbs Up Award
-- M. Jerry Weiss Reading Award
-- ALA Notable Book
-- ALA BBYA

Stand Tall


-- ALA Notable Book

Best Foot Forward


-- NY Library Association, Book for All Seasons
-- ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Rules of the Road


-- 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
-- ALA Top Young Adult Books of the Quarter Century
-- Los Angeles Times Book Prize
-- Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
-- ALA Notable Book
-- ALA Best Book for Young Adults
-- ALA Quick Pick
-- School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
-- American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists”
-- BCCB Blue Ribbon Book

Close to Famous


-- American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award
-- Christopher Award
-- Judy Lopez Memorial Prize

Almost Home


-- Texas Lone Star Book
-- 2013 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes), contact author by writing to Joan Bauer c/o Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers 345 Hudson St. NY NY 10014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Almost home /
ISBN: 0670012890. OCLC Number: 775894207

Viking,. .

Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.

Almost Home.
ISBN: 9781480626522. OCLC Number: 853497109

Paw Prints. .

Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.

Backwater /
ISBN: 0142404349. OCLC Number: 60590801

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While compiling a genealogy of her family of successful attorneys, sixteen-year-old history buff Ivy Breedlove treks into the mountain wilderness to interview a reclusive aunt with whom she identifies and who in turn helps her to truly know herself and her family.

Backwater.
ISBN: 1322856117. OCLC Number: 934802949

Penguin Group US,. .

Ivy doesn't want to be a lawyer. Who cares?-well, her father, for starters, who expects his daughter to take up the Breedlove family profession with dedication and enthusiasm. What Ivy wants to be is a historian, a vocation that's getting quite a workout as she prepares a family history in honor of her beloved great-aunt Tib's eightieth birthday. As in Bauer's Rules of the Road, the central story is of a journey: Ivy hikes into the wilds of the Adirondacks to find her reclusive aunt Jo-and to find her own destiny as well. Persistent, mouthy, and good, Ivy is an admirable heroine who will be familiar to Bauer fans; older female friends (including Tib, Aunt Jo, and wilderness expert Mountain Mama) are equally attractive if given to message-laden dialogue. In fact, the book could have used less preaching and more story overall, but Ivy is such a darned fine gal that readers will be glad to make her acquaintance.

Best foot forward
ISBN: 9781440695919. OCLC Number: 458596723

Speak,. .

Between school and Al-Anon meetings, Jenna helps Mrs. Gladstone cope with escalating problems that result from the merger of Gladstone Shoes with Shoe Warehouse Corporation, while managing a new employee with a shoplifting record.

Best foot forward /
ISBN: 0142406902. OCLC Number: 57454712

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. .

Between school and Al-Anon meetings, Jenna helps Mrs. Gladstone cope with escalating problems that result from the merger of Gladstone Shoes with Shoe Warehouse Corporation, while managing a new employee with a shoplifting record.

Close to famous /
ISBN: 0142420174. OCLC Number: 548596988

Viking,. .

Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.

Close to Famous.
ISBN: 9781451742985. OCLC Number: 768798727

Paw Prints. .

Hope was here
ISBN: 9780552574617. OCLC Number: 1050540524

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Hope was here /
ISBN: 0142404241. OCLC Number: 44174130

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. .

When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.

Peeled
ISBN: 9781101652268. OCLC Number: 925525983

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In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.

Peeled /
ISBN: 0142414301. OCLC Number: 277203405

Speak,. .

In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.

Rules of the Road
ISBN: 0606343520. OCLC Number: 59138094

G.P. Putnam's Sons. .

Rules of the road
ISBN: 9780552574631. OCLC Number: 1050543723

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Soar
ISBN: 9780147526250. OCLC Number: 913331340

Listening Library,. .

Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.

Soar /
ISBN: 0451470346. OCLC Number: 911518172

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Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.

Squashed
ISBN: 9781101657898. OCLC Number: 858976794

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As sixteen-year-old Ellie pursues her two goals--growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds herself--she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own.

Squashed /
ISBN: 1417696257. OCLC Number: 60590802

Speak,. .

As sixteen-year-old Ellie pursues her two goals--growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds herself--she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own.

Stand tall /
ISBN: 0142404276. OCLC Number: 63191250

Speak,. .

Tree, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents' recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl at school.

Sticks /
ISBN: 0142404284. OCLC Number: 33406347

Delacorte Press,. .

With the help of his grandmother, his dead father's best friend, and his own best friend, a math genius, ten-year-old Mickey prepares to compete in the most important pool championship of his life, despite his mother's reservations.

Sticks.
ISBN: 9781439550441. OCLC Number: 246900445

Paw Prints. .

Tell me
ISBN: 9780147513144. OCLC Number: 900623626

Puffin Books,. .

Feeling scared and powerless when her father's anger escalates and her parents separate, twelve-year-old Anna spends the summer with her grandmother and decides to make a difference when she sees what seems to be a girl held against her will.

Tell me /
ISBN: 0451470338. OCLC Number: 871044182

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Feeling scared and powerless when her father's anger escalates and her parents separate, twelve-year-old Anna spends the summer with her grandmother and decides to make a difference when she sees what seems to be a girl held against her will.

Thwonk
ISBN: 0788707337. OCLC Number: 36181620

Recorded Books,. .

A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love.

Thwonk /
ISBN: 0142404292. OCLC Number: 60590791

Speak,. .

A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love.