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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Amy Timberlake  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; 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.

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Titles At Your Library

The Dirty Cowboy
ISBN: 0374317917

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 2003

This ol' boy needs a bath!

After he finds a tumbleweed in his chaps and the numerous bugs buzzing around him affect his hearing, the cowboy decides it's time to head to the river. Once there, he peels off all his clothes and tells his trusty old dog to guard them against strangers. He takes a refreshing bath and emerges clean as corn – but so fresh-smelling that his dog doesn't recognize him! Negotiations over the return of the clothes prove fruitless. A wrestling match ensues in a tale that grows taller by the sentence, climaxing in a fabric-speckled dust devil.

Amy Timberlake has inserted a Western twang into this tale of filth and friendship, and Adam Rex has found many creative means of bodily concealment in his expressive, comical paintings.

That Girl Lucy Moon
ISBN: 0786852992

Disney-Hyperion. 2008

Lucy Moon is the kind of girl who champions animal rights--during hunting season. She wears a woven hemp hat in support of third-world workers. She is the kind of girl who spots injustice and isn't afraid to fight it.

But now that she’s in junior high, things have changed. The qualities that used to make Lucy distinctive now just mark her as uncool. It seems like everyone has been brainwashed–except for Lucy, who has activism in her DNA.

But when her latest cause lands her with a harsh detention sentence, a “bad influence” reputation, and a vandalized locker, Lucy begins to lose her verve. Can she stand up for her beliefs and survive junior high?

One Came Home (Newbery Medal - Honors Title(s))
ISBN: 0375869255

Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2013

A Newbery Honor Book

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel

“An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman

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.


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 Childrens 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
  • 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book

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