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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Amy Timberlake  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Seattle, Washington

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Timberlake graduated with her Masters from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Amy Timberlake is an author and illustrator. She has worked as a book reviewer & columnist, a children’s bookseller, a book event coordinator, and as the Public Information Officer of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.


'The Dirty Cowboy '

Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Gold Medal, Parents Choice

Notable Book, International Reading Association, 2004

First Prize, Marion Vannett Ridgway Awards, 2004

Finalist, Spur Award (Western Writers of America)

Finalist, Southeast Booksellers Association 2004 Book Award

'That Girl Lucy Moon '

Book Sense Pick

100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, New York Public Library

Bank Street Best Children's Book, 2007

Amelia Bloomer Book, 2007

Friends of American Writers Literary Award

'One Came Home '

Newbery Honor Book

ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel

2013 Junior Library Guild pick

Starred Review, Kirkus

Starred Review, The Horn Book

Starred Review, The School Library Journal


Skunk and Badger

Best Book for Kids, People, 2020

Best Children’s Book, Kirkus, 2020

Editor’s Choice Book, Booklist. 2020

Best Book of the Year, School Library Journal, 2020

Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly, 2020

Best Book of the Year, Shelf Awareness for Readers, 2020

Best Book of the Year, New York Public Library, 2020

Best Book of the Year, Chicago Public Library, 2020

Best Book of the Year, Indigo, 2020

Great Kids Book of the Year, Evanston Public Library, 2020

Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens Selection, Capitol Choices, 2021

Starred Review, Kirkus

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Starred Review, Booklist

Nominee, Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, 2020

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Selected Titles At Your Library

One came home /
ISBN: 0375869255. OCLC Number: 761334660

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In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body -- wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown -- everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

Skunk and Badger /
ISBN: 1643750054. OCLC Number: 1143795635

. .

The last thing Badger wants is a roommate, and certainly not Skunk, but since the house does not belong to him he does not have a choice; and soon everything in Badger's quiet and ordered life studying rocks is turned upside down (and where on earth did all the chickens come from)--but after he drives Skunk and his chickens away, Badger starts to miss his roommate and sets out to find him and make amends.

That Girl Lucy Moon /
ISBN: 0786852992. OCLC Number: 231372015

Hyperion,. .

Lucy Moon, a self-proclaimed activist who fights corruption and injustice, is labeled a "bad influence" when she goes up against the richest woman in town over the issue of sledding rights on Wiggins Hill.

The dirty cowboy
ISBN: 9780374317911. OCLC Number: 47947505

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Telling his faithful dog to make sure nobody touches his clothes but him, a cowboy jumps into a New Mexico river for a bath, not realizing just how much the scrubbing will change his scent.