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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barbara Binns  

Pen Name: B.A. Binns

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1950 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Binns grew up on the south side of Chicago, and currently lives in a suburb of Chicago. She received a B. S. from Roosevelt University and an M. S. from DePaul.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barbara Binns has worked at everything from fast food to clinical chemistry to dietician to computer architect, but always kept kept finding excuses to return to school. She finally became a trainer and after she retired took up volunteering and writing. She frequently contributes to the Almanac of Arlington Heights, a quarterly publication in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Her debut middle grade novel is "Courage." She speaks to students, teachers, and librarians across the country at conferences and other events.

Published Works

    Written under the Pen Name of B. A. Binns:
  • Pull, WestSide Books, 2010
  • Die Trying, AllTheColorsOfLove, 2012
  • Being God, AllTheColorsOfLove, 2013
  • Minority Of One, AllTheColorsOfLove, 2014Written under the name Barbara Binns:
  • Courage, HarperCollins, 2018

Selected Titles At Your Library

Pull /
ISBN: 1934813435. OCLC Number:

WestSide Books,. Lodi, N.J. :. ©2010.

After his father kills his mother, seventeen-year-old David struggles to take care of his two sisters--and himself--while dealing with his grief, guilt, and trying to fit in at a tough new school while hiding his past.

Die trying :
ISBN: 098818219X. OCLC Number:

AllTheColorsOfLove,. Arlington Heights, IL :. 2012.

Being God /
ISBN: 0988182114. OCLC Number:

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A young adult novel about anti-hero Malik Kaplan. The bad boy of Farrington High School has his own cross to bear, or maybe it's a Star of David; being the black teenaged son of a Catholic mother and Jewish father can make life confusing.

Minority of one /
ISBN: 0988182122. OCLC Number:

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Sheila Benderton: Young, White, former poor little rich girl, now just poor. She' starting a new life in an inner city high school that is only 8% white. She also faces life with a mother she barely knows. Her father blamed her mother's repeated infidelities for everything that went wrong in their family, including his recent suicide. After that, Sheila will never let herself fall under the spell of a guy like Julian Morales, the Hispanic superjock playboy. Neill Mallory: Young, Black, Gay. His future has been set in stone by a loving family, whether he wants it or not. He's a walking statistic struggling with the loss of the perfect boyfriend. Carl Redkin gave in to pressure from his parents and dumped Neill in an attempt to go "straight." Neill hates being alone and wants to replace Carl with someone just like him; someone smart, artistic, caring-but why kid himself, there is no one like Carl. Neill and Sheila seem to have nothing in common except the French class her mother teaches. But invisible ties draw the two outliers together. Maybe it's the way Neill tries to protect Sheila from Julian's magnetism. Or the way Sheila fights to get Carl's family to let him be the man he wants to be. Neill and Sheila try everything to make life happy, including each other. But what they really need is Carl and Julian.

Courage /
ISBN: 0062561650. OCLC Number:

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"Ever since T'Shawn's dad died, his mother has been struggling to keep the family afloat. So when he's offered a spot on a prestigious diving team at the local private swim club, he knows that joining would only add another bill to the pile. But T studies hard and never gets into trouble, so he thinks his mom might be willing to bear the cost ... until he finds out that his older brother, Lamont, is getting released early from prison. Luckily, T'Shawn is given a scholarship, and he can put all his frustration into diving practices. But when criminal activity increases in the neighborhood and people begin to suspect Lamont, T'Shawn begins to worry that maybe his brother hasn't left his criminal past behind after all. And he struggles to hold on to the hope that they can put the broken pieces of their damaged relationship back together."--Amazon.


  • National Readers Choice Award,
  • Pull

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Barbara is available for school, library and other visits on request