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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Brendler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Defiance, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Brendler lives in Arlington Heights. She has also lived in Palatine, Oak Park and Mokena, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Brendler has a master's degree in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Illinois.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer
ISBN: 0374384401

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 2009

Winnie Finn is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them. When spring arrives in Quincy County, all she can think about is the county fair coming up. This year, she would like nothing more than to win a prize for her worms so that she might buy a shiny new wagon for transporting them around. Trouble is, there's no prize at the fair for worms . . .

Bright, energetic illustrations accompany this jaunty tale about a young girl's creativity that will inspire readers of all interests― but especially those with a love for something wiggly.

Radio Girl
ISBN: 0823428613

Holiday House. 2013

Can a girl from a middle-class Irish Catholic family living in Newark, New Jersey, in 1938 find fame and fortune (or even a job) as a radio star?

Tune in to this unforgettable historical novel to find out. Poignant, often hilarious, it's the story of a family in crisis. Just as artful deception, smoke and mirrors characterize radio reality, so lies, secrets, and profound misunderstandings mark fourteen-year-old Cece Maloney's life: her secret job at a radio station, a cheating father, an aunt who may be romantically involved with the parish priest, a boy-crazed best friend, and a ham radio operator and would-be soldier both lying to their parents. The worlds collide on the night of Orson Welle's famous "The War of the Worlds" broadcast. As thousands flee in panic from the alleged Martian invasion, Cece must expose the truth about the radio hoax and confront the truth about her own and he family's dishonesty.

Not Very Scary
ISBN: 0374355479

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 2014

Melly is a brave little monster who is not afraid of anything. She loves surprises, and when her fun-loving cousin invites her over for a big surprise, Melly excitedly sets out for a visit. On her way, she notices skittish skeletons, a coal-black cat, and even ghoulish goblins following her. But Melly is not scared, no she's not! Well, maybe just a teensy bit . . .

The Pickwicks' Picnic: A Counting Adventure
ISBN: 0544839587

Clarion Books. 2017

Community cooperation turns a traffic jam into an opportunity for fun in this inventive counting book starring a pair of clever canine siblings.

In this highly original counting tale, the Pickwicks—Pip and Peach, Mom and Daddy—leave the hot hazy city for a picnic by the shore. Along the way, they are passed by 2 scooters, 3 jeeps, and more—until they hit a sudden roadblock of 10 cruisers. Traffic stops and drivers grow grumpy, but Pip and Peach know exactly how to turn an unexpected glitch into a festive occasion for everyone! Engaging rhythm and detail-filled art reward repeated readings of Carol Brendler and Renée Kurilla’s countable account of a very special picnic.


''Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer'', 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book

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