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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Fama  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Fama lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

The author attended the University of Chicago and received a BA in Biology with honors, an MBA, and a PhD in Economics and Finance.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Overboard /
ISBN: 0812626524. OCLC Number:

Cricket Books,. Chicago :. 2002.

Escaping from a sinking ferry in the waters off Sumatra, fourteen-year-old Emily fights for survival for herself and a young Indonesian boy, who draws courage from his quiet but firm Islamic faith.

Monstrous beauty /
ISBN: 1250034256. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2012.

Tells, in alternating chapters, the story of the mermaid Syrenka's love for Ezra in 1872 that leads to a series of horrific murders, and present-day Hester's encounter with a ghost that reveals her connection to the murders and to Syrenka.

Plus one /
ISBN: 0374360073. OCLC Number:

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In an alternate United States where Day and Night populations are forced to lead separate--but not equal--lives, a desperate Night girl falls for a seemingly privileged Day boy and places them both in danger as she gets caught up in the beginnings of a resistance movement.


Monstrous Beauty

  • 2013 Odyssey Honor Award (Best Audiobook)

  • 2013 YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults
  • 2013 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
  • 2013 (Top Ten)

    Best Audiobooks for Teens, School Library Journal

  • 2012 Nerdies Book Award Nominee
  • Overboard

  • Named a 2003 ALA Best Book for Young Readers (one of only eleven books selected unanimously that year)

  • 2002-2003 honor award for children's fiction, Society of Midland Authors
  • Starred Review

    Speaking Engagements

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