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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Penny Steffen  

Pen Name: Sasha Dawn

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Steffen lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Penny Steffen teaches English composition at McHenry County College and the College of Lake County. She earned her BA from Northern Illinois University and her MA from Seton Hill University. Her first book young adult novel, ''Oblivion'', is a psychological thriller written under the pseudonym Sasha Dawn. Her other published works include women’s fiction and a textbook that she contributed to titled, ''eFabulous: Publishing in a Paperless World.''



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Oblivion /
ISBN: 1606845705. OCLC Number: 844789770

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Sixteen-year-old Callie Knowles fights her compulsion to write constantly, even on herself, as she struggles to cope with foster care, her mother's life in a mental institution, and her belief that she killed her father, a minister, who has been missing for a year.

Splinter /
ISBN: 1512411515. OCLC Number: 956263722

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"Sami's mother disappeared ten years ago, and the police have always suspected that Sami's father killed her. But they've never had any convincing evidence ... until now. Sami's sure her father's innocent. Or is she?"--