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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Saller  

Pen Name: Carol Fisher Saller


Audience: Adult; Children; Children;

Born: in Peoria, Illinois

-- Carol Saller on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Saller was born in Peoria and currently resides in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Saller is a senior manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press and editor of the ''Chicago Manual of Style'' and the ''Chicago Manual of Sty''le Online's Q & A. She currently writes for the ''Lingua Franca'' blog at the ''Chronicle of Higher Education'', and has also worked as an editor of children’s books at ''Cricket Books'' (Carus Publishing).

Published Works

  • The Bridge Dancers, Carolrhoda, 1991
  • Pug, Slug, and Doug the Thug, Carolrhoda, 1993
  • Florence Kelley, Carolrhoda, 1997
  • Working Children, Carolrhoda, 1998
  • George Washington Carver, Carolrhoda, 2001
  • The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiation Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) , University of Chicago Press, 2009 - second edition p
  • Eddie's War, namelos, 2011
  • Moonlight Blogger: Essays from the Subversive Copy Editor Blog, CreateSpace, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

The bridge dancers /
ISBN: 0876146531. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1991.

When her younger sister cuts her leg in an accident, Maisie uses the knowledge of herbal medicine she learned from their mother, a healer in their mountain community.

Pug, Slug, and Doug the Thug /
ISBN: 0876148038. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1994.

A humorous Wild West tale, told in verse, about a dog, a cat, and a lone boy who team up to outwit the villainous bad guys Pug, Slug, and Doug the Thug.

Florence Kelley /
ISBN: 1575050161. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1997.

A biography of the determined woman who worked to improve the lives of children, the poor, and adult workers.

Working children /
ISBN: 1575052768. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1998.

Describes the various jobs which children performed during the early 1900s, the reasons for employment, working conditions, the efforts of reformers, and child labor today.

George Washington Carver /
ISBN: 1575054582. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2001.

Recounts the life of the African-American agriculturist at the Tuskegee Institute, emphasizing his love of plants and his belief in living in harmony with the natural world.

The subversive copy editor :
ISBN: 0226734250. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. ©2009.

Each year writers and editors submit over three thousand grammar and style questions to the Q & A page at The Chicago Manual of Style Online. Some are arcane, some simply hilarious-and one editor, Carol Fisher Saller, reads every single one of them. All too often she notes a classic author-editor standoff, wherein both parties refuse to compromise on the "rights" and "wrongs" of prose styling: "This author is giving me a fit." "I wish that I could just DEMAND the use of the serial comma at all times." "My author wants his preface to come at the end of the book. This just seems ridiculous to me.

Eddie's war /
ISBN: 1608981088. OCLC Number:

Namelos,. South Hampton, N.H. :. ©2011.

"World War II. Hitler is threatening to take over the world. Eddie Carl thinks America should stop him-- it's just plain right. But Eddie's just a kid, and the farm in Ellisville, Illinois is a long way from the fighting. Eddie's war is a lyrical collection of prose vignettes linking Eddie, his family, and a small-town cast of Ellisvillians."--Jacket.

Moonlight blogger :
ISBN: 1463539207. OCLC Number:

Createspace,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2011.


The Bridge Dancers

  • The Carl Sandburg Award for Children's Literature
  • George Washington Carver

  • NCSS/CBC Notable Childrens Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
  • Eddie's War

  • Kirkus Reviews, Best Childrens Books of 2011 (Starred review)

  • Bankstreet Best Childrens Books of the Year, 2012 (Twelve to Fourteen, Outstanding Merit)

  • 2012 Best of the Best Fiction for Teens, Chicago Public Library
  • Nominated for Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Award (2014-2015)

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