Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Amato  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1961 in Belvidere, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Amato was born in Belvidere and grew up in Libertyville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Amato is the author of many acclaimed books for children including ''Please Write in this Book'', which won the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award as well as ''The Naked Mole-Rat Letters'', which was nominated for six state awards, including the Rebecca Caudill Award in Illinois. A prolific songwriter, Mary also sings, plays the guitar, and teaches songwriting. Several of her books for young adults, including ''Guitar Notes'', features original songs. Mary now lives in Maryland, but she returns to the Chicago area often and enjoys presenting and teaching. Her Skype sessions are also popular.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) The author is represented by Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Edgar Allan's official crime investigation notebook /
ISBN: 0823422712. OCLC Number: 526084148

Holiday House,. .

When someone takes a pet goldfish, then other items from Ms. Herschel's classroom, each time leaving a clue in the form of a poem, student Edgar Allan competes with a classmate to be first to solve the mystery.

Get happy /
ISBN: 151242627X. OCLC Number: 938388920

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"On her birthday, Minerva, a seventeen-year-old singer/songwriter, hears from the father she has never known and her placid life is turned upside down"--

Good Crooks: Dog Gone!
ISBN: 1606845101. OCLC Number: 844774891

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When their thieving parents steal a rich and famous dog, twins Jillian and Billy, who have grown tired of being crooks, must find a way to get Poochie Smoochie back to her owner. Includes activities.

Good Crooks: Missing Monkey!
ISBN: 9781606843963. OCLC Number: 844774885

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Tired of being pressured to help commit crimes and yearning for a more normal life, twins Jillian and Billy band together to do good deeds while their parents kidnap a monkey from the zoo, hoping to teach it to steal. Includes activities.

Good Crooks: Sniff a Skunk!
ISBN: 9781606845981. OCLC Number: 894912332

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Unlike their thieving parents, ten-year-old twins Billy and Jillian Crook like to do good deeds, including rescuing a baby skunk. Features activities.

Guitar notes /
ISBN: 1606841246. OCLC Number: 759908691

Egmont USA,. .

Tripp, who plays guitar only for himself, and Lyla, a cellist whose talent has already made her famous but not happy, form an unlikely friendship when they are forced to share a practice room at their high school.

Invisible lines /
ISBN: 160684010X. OCLC Number: 299707308

Egmont USA,. .

Coming from a poor, single-parent family, seventh-grader Trevor must rely on his intelligence, artistic ability, quick wit, and soccer prowess to win friends at his new Washington, D.C. school, but popular and rich Xander seems determined to cause him trouble.

Lucky me, Lucy McGee /
ISBN: 0823443647. OCLC Number: 1096214821

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"While Lucy McGee tries to track down her missing ukulele, the members of the Songwriting Club must decide if it's worth competing against one another in a giveaway for free concert tickets"--

News from me, Lucy McGee /
ISBN: 0823438716. OCLC Number: 990140890

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Lucy avoids her school's new Uke Club to help neighbor Scarlet create a Poetry Club, although Scarlet keeps telling her to do things that seem wrong.--

Our teacher is a vampire and other (not) true stories /
ISBN: 0823435539. OCLC Number: 915120654

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A notebook that is passed from student to student around a classroom becomes a repository for wild rumors, heartfelt confessions, and creative writing and helps the students cope when their teacher has medical emergency and they must cope with a rigid substitute as they worry about their beloved teacher and her family.

Please write in this book
ISBN: 9780823421381. OCLC Number: 61652678

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When Ms. Wurtz leaves a blank book in the Writer's Corner with a note encouraging those who find it to talk to each other in its pages, the students' entries spark a classroom-wide battle.

Sing with me, Lucy McGee /
ISBN: 0823438767. OCLC Number: 1035227080

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"A talent contest brings out the worst in Lucy McGee and her fourth-grade classmates"--

The chicken of the family
ISBN: 9780399252686. OCLC Number: 65187137

G.P. Putnam's Sons. .

When her older sisters tease her into believing that she is actually a chicken, Henrietta runs off to a farm to be among her own kind.

The naked mole-rat letters /
ISBN: 0823420981. OCLC Number: 55940478

Holiday House. .

When her father begins a long-distance romance with a Washington, D.C. zookeeper, twelve-year-old Frankie sends fabricated email letters to the zookeeper in an attempt to end the relationship.

The Riot Brothers: Drooling and Dangerous
ISBN: 0823422046. OCLC Number: 61278678

Holiday House. .

Three more hilarious, gross-out stories featuring Orville and Wilbur Riot.

The Riot Brothers: Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life
ISBN: 0823420620. OCLC Number: 51854957

Holiday House. .

Contains three stories in which brothers and best friends Wilbur and Orville Riot catch a thief, overthrow a king, and find a treasure, and includes rules to some of their made-up games.

The Riot Brothers: Stinky and Successful
ISBN: 0823421961. OCLC Number: 123912466

Holiday House. .

Orville and Wilber Riot rescue a damsel in distress, are mad scientists, and defeat a bully through Operation Armpit.

The Riot Brothers: Take the Mummy and Run
ISBN: 0823422739. OCLC Number: 229445851

Holiday House. .

Story shows that guts, brains, and a little slobber are all you need to have a ripsnorgling good time.

The word eater /
ISBN: 0823419401. OCLC Number: 41645969

Holiday House. .

Lerner Chanse, a new student at Cleveland Park Middle School, finds a worm that magically makes things disappear, and she hopes it will help her fit in, or get revenge, at her hated school.