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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Marlene Targ Brill  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Historical Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1945 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Brill was born in Chicago. She grew up on the northwest side of Chicago in the West Rogers Park neighborhood. She currently resides in Wilmette.

Biographical and Professional Information

Marlene Targ Brill has been writing books for many years. She started writing while teaching children with disabilities, producing materials to help her students learn. It didn't take long for her to start writing for readers of all ages.


Published Works

  • Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad, First Avenue Editions, 1993
  • Women for Peace: Women Then, Women Now, Franklin Watts, 1997
  • Tooth Tales from around the World, Charlesbridge, 1998
  • Extraordinary Young People, Turtleback, 1999
  • Tourette Syndrome, Millbrook Press, 2001
  • Margaret Knight, Girl Inventor, Millbrook Press, 2001 - reprinted 2014
  • Raising Smart Kids for Dummies, Wiley, 2003
  • Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express, Carolrhoda, 2004
  • Garbage Trucks, Lerner, 2005
  • Alzheimer's Disease, Marshall Cavendish, 2005
  • Lung Cancer, Marshall Cavendish, 2005
  • Asthma, Marshall Cavendish, 2005
  • Veterans Day, First Avenue Editions, 2005
  • Illinois, Benchmark Books, 2005
  • Barak Obama: Working to Make a Difference, Millbrook, 2006
  • Concrete Mixers, Lerner , 2006
  • Down Syndrome, Benchmark Books, 2006
  • Autism, Benchmark Books, 2007
  • Marshall Major Taylor: World Champion Bicyclist, 1899-1901, Trailblazer Biographies, 2007
  • Barack Obama: President for a New Era, Lerner Books, 2008
  • America in the 1980s, Twenty-First Century Books, 2009
  • Michelle Obama: From Chicago's South Side to the White House, Lerner Books, 2009
  • Trail of Tears: The Cherokee Journey from Home, iUniverse, 2010
  • The Rough-riding Adventure of Bronco Charlie, Pony Express Rider, Graphic Universe, 2010
  • Annie Shapiro and the Clothing Workers' Strike, Lerner Classroom, 2010
  • The Underground Railroad Adventure of Allen Jay, Antislavery Activist, History's Kid Heroes, 2011
  • Diabetes, Twenty-First Century Books, 2011
  • Tourette Syndrome, Twenty-First Century Books, 2012
  • Speech and Language Challenges: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014
  • Chronic Illnesses, Syndromes, and Rare Disorders: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016


Selected Titles At Your Library

Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad /
ISBN: 0876146051. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press/First Avenue Editions,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©1993.

Recounts how Allen Jay, a young Quaker boy living in Ohio during the 1840s, helped a fleeing slave escape his master and make it to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Tooth tales from around the world /
ISBN: 0881063991. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge Pub.,. Watertown, Mass :. ©1998.

Explores how different cultures have viewed losing teeth and how the idea of the Tooth Fairy originated.

Tourette syndrome /
ISBN: 0761321012. OCLC Number:

Twenty-First Century Books,. Brookfield, Conn. :. ©2002.

Examines the tic disorder known as Tourette syndrome, its symptoms and manifestations, how it can be controlled and treated, and, through case studies, what it is like to live with Tourette's.

Margaret Knight :
ISBN: 0761317562. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Brookfield, Conn. :. ©2001.

Describes how Mattie Knight developed her first invention, a stop-motion device to make looms safer for workers.

Raising smart kids for dummies /
ISBN: 0764517651. OCLC Number:

Wiley,. New York :. ©2003.

Offers guidelines to raising smart children and shows parents how to stimulate intellectual growth, foster artistic activities, and use the Internet as a teaching tool.

Garbage trucks /
ISBN: 0822523817. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2005.

Describes a garbage truck used to dump garbage in a landfill as well as a truck that carries garbage that can be recycled.

Lung cancer /
ISBN: 0761418024. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books,. New York :. ©2005.

Discusses lung cancer, including what it is like to have the disease, the history and research, and treatment.

Alzheimer's disease /
ISBN: 0761417990. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books,. New York :. ©2005.

Discusses alzheimer's disease, including what it is like to have the disease, the history and research, and how people cope with it.

Veterans Day /
ISBN: 1575057662. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2005.

Explains what Veterans Day is, the history of this holiday, and how it is celebrated.

Illinois /
ISBN: 0761417354. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books,. New York :. ©2006.

Discusses the geographic features, history, government, people, and attractions of the state known as the Land of Lincoln.

Barack Obama :
ISBN: 0822560569. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2006.

Details the life of the African American senator from Illinois whose political ideals were formed growing up in Jakarta and Hawaii.

Concrete mixers /
ISBN: 0822560119. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis, MN :. 2007.

"Do you know how concrete mixers are loaded? How concrete is made? How concrete is unloaded? Read this book to discover the answers!"--Page 4 of cover.

Down syndrome /
ISBN: 0761422072. OCLC Number:

Marshall Cavendish Benchmark,. New York :. ©2007.

"Explores the history, causes, symptoms, treatments, and future of Down syndrome"--Provided by publisher.

Autism /
ISBN: 0761427007. OCLC Number:

Marshall Cavendish Benchmark,. New York :. ©2008.

"Discusses autism and its effects on people and society"--Provided by publisher.

Marshall "Major" Taylor :
ISBN: 0822566109. OCLC Number:

Twenty-First Century Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2008.

A biography of Major Taylor, African American bicycle racer, and one of his sport's first American stars.

Barack Obama :
ISBN: 0761349502. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. 2009.

A brief biography of African-American president Barack Obama.

America in the 1980s /
ISBN: 0822576023. OCLC Number:

Twenty-First Century Books,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. ©2010.

Examines the social, economic, political, and technological changes of the 1980s, including nuclear arms protests, the space shuttle Challenger accident, the breakup of the Soviet Union, the birth of MTV and music videos, and the personal computer revolution.

Michelle Obama :
ISBN: 0761350330. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2010.

A biography of Michelle Obama, the first African American First Lady of the United States.

The rough-riding adventure of Bronco Charlie, Pony Express rider /
ISBN: 0761361952. OCLC Number:

Graphic Universe,. Minneapolis :. ©2011.

In 1861, eleven-year-old Bronco Charlie has already been a sailor and a cowboy, but his biggest challenge comes when he gets the chance to ride for the Pony Express.

Annie Shapiro and the clothing workers' strike /
ISBN: 0761361324. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis :. 2010, ©2011.

Recounts Annie Shapiro's experiences during the 1910-1911 Garment Workers' Strike in Chicago.

The Underground Railroad adventure of Allen Jay, antislavery activist /
ISBN: 0761378065. OCLC Number:

Graphic Universe,. Minneapolis :. ©2012.

Recounts in graphic novel format how Allen Jay, a young Quaker boy living in Ohio during the 1840s, helped a fleeing slave escape his master and make it to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Diabetes /
ISBN: 0761360859. OCLC Number:

Twenty-First Century Books,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2012.

This volume explores the history of diabetes, and explains the various treatments that are available today.

Tourette syndrome /
ISBN: 0761381449. OCLC Number:

Twenty-First Century Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2012.

Explains about Tourette syndrome, its symptoms, causes, and possible treatments, and the best way to help a friend or family member with Tourette.

Speech and language challenges :
ISBN: 0810887916. OCLC Number:

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This book addresses speech issues that affect all people, but specifically focus on the concerns of young adults. Includes teen interviews/stories, expert quotes, history of different conditions, definitions of technical terms necessary for understanding the conditions, media concerning speech problems (such as The King s Speech), and short biographies of well-known people who have dealt with and/or overcome these same issues.

Chronic illnesses, syndromes, and rare disorders :
ISBN: 1442251611. OCLC Number:

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"Brill looks at conditions that affect thousands of young adults. Though not quite as common as other medical issues, these afflictions are no less threatening to teens who want to know more"--Amazon.com.


Awards

Keys to Parenting

and

A Child with Autism

  • Parents Choice Award
  • Tooth Tales from Around the World

  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Margaret Knight

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)