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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jamie Gilson  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: July 4, 1933 in Beardstown, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Jamie was born in Beardstown and has lived in Pittsfield and Oak Park. She attended Northwestern University and currently resides in Wilmette.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jamie Gilson has worked as a junior high teacher in Des Plaines, Illinois and has been a writer, producer and actor for educational radio programs at the Chicago Public Schools station WBEZ. She also wrote commercials for fine arts radio station WFMT in Chicago and wrote films and film strips for Encyclopaedia Brittanica Films and was a columnist for Chicago magazine.

Published Works

  • Harvey, the Beer Can King, Lothrop, 1978
  • Dial Leroi Rupert, D. J., Lothrop, 1979
  • Do Bananas Chew Gum?, Lothrop, 1980
  • Can't Catch Me, I'm the Gingerbread Man, Lathrop, 1981
  • Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub, Lothrop, 1982 - reprinted in 2014
  • 4-B Goes Wild, Lothrop, 1983 - reprinted in 2012
  • Hello, My Name is Scrambled Eggs, Lothrop, 1985
  • Hobie Hanson, You're Weird, Lothrop, 1987
  • Double Dog Dare, Lothrop, 1988
  • Hobie Hanson, Greatest Hero of the Mall, Lothrop, 1989
  • Itchy Richard, Lothrop, 1991
  • Sticks and Stone and Skeleton Bones, 1991
  • You Cheat!, 1992
  • Soccer Circus, Harper Trophy, 1993 - reprinted in 1996
  • It Goes Eeeeeeeeeeeee!, Clarion Books, 1994 - reprinted in 2001
  • Wagon Train 911, Harper Trophy, 1996 - reprinted in 2001
  • Bug in a Rug, Clarion Books, 1998 - reprinted in 2003
  • Stink Alley, Harper Collins, 2002
  • Gotcha!, Clarion Books, 2006
  • Chess, I Love It!, I Love It!, I Love It!, Clarion Books, 2008
  • My Teacher is an Idiom, Clarion Books, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

Harvey, the beer can king /
ISBN: 0671509853. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York, N.Y. :. 1985, ©1978.

A twelve-year-old boy hopes his beer can collection will win him the title of sixth-grade Superkid.

Dial Leroi Rupert, DJ /
ISBN: 068816658X. OCLC Number:

William Morrow & Co.,. New York :. 1999, ©1979.

Desperate to pay back 50 dollars they owe, three 12-year-olds form a jazz combo and then receive some surprising assistance from a local disc jockey.

Do bananas chew gum? /
ISBN: 0688152945. OCLC Number:

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books,. New York :. ©1997.

Able to read and write at only a second grade level, sixth-grader Sam Mott considers himself dumb until he is prompted to cooperate with those who think something can be done about his problem.

Can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man /
ISBN: 0688004369. OCLC Number:

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books,. New York :. ©1981.

When the family health food store burns down, 12-year-old-Mitch is even more determined to win first prize in a Bakeathon with his special gingerbread.

Thirteen ways to sink a sub /
ISBN: 0380732513. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York :. ©1982

The boys and girls in the fourth grade devise a contest to sink their substitute teacher by making her cry.

4B goes wild /
ISBN: 0671680633. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 1989, ©1983.

Fourth graders on a three-day camping trip with their teachers experience frights and delights.

Hello, my name is Scrambled Eggs /
ISBN: 0671741047. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 1986, ©1985.

When his folks host a Vietnamese family that has come to settle in their town, Harvey enjoys Americanizing twelve-year-old Tuan.

Hobie Hanson, you're weird /
ISBN: 068814747X. OCLC Number:

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books,. New York :. 1996, ©1987.

With his best friend away at computer camp, Hobie reluctantly shares adventures with a girl classmate the summer after fourth grade.

Double dog dare /
ISBN: 0688163610. OCLC Number:

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books,. New York :. 1998, ©1988.

The fifth grade year gets off to a busy start as one student returns from winning a national Miss Pre-Teen Personality contest, a new girl with some interesting knowledge arrives, jealousy gets a grip on one particular student, and an "experiment" to see who's smart is conducted.

Hobie Hanson, greatest hero of the mall /
ISBN: 0688089682. OCLC Number:

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books,. New York :. ©1989.

When his town is devastated by a flood, Hobie's fifth grade class is forced to meet every day in the shopping mall.

Soccer circus /
ISBN: 0688147461. OCLC Number:

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Overview: Hobie goes on the overnight soccer tournament under his dad's strict orders to stay out of trouble. So what's Hobie doing in a penguin costume riding on top of a car full of circus clowns?

Wagon train 911 /
ISBN: 0064409880. OCLC Number:

HarperTrophy,. New York :. 2001.

As a school project, sixth graders recreate a westward trek to Oregon with all the perils that faced real pioneers.

It goes eeeeeeeeeeeee! /
ISBN: 0618051554. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©1994.

Patrick, the new boy in Richard's class, is always causing trouble, but his work on a science project about bats helps him make new friends.

Stink alley /
ISBN: 0060292172. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. 2002.

Living in Holland in 1614 with the harsh Puritan leader, William Brewster, and working for the family of a mischievous Dutch boy named Rembrandt, a spirited twelve-year-old orphan girl struggles to do what is right.

Bug in a rug /
ISBN: 0618316701. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©1998.

Seven-year-old Richard is self-conscious when he receives a pair of purple pants from his aunt and uncle and has to wear them to school, but he is even more worried when his uncle shows up for a visit to his classroom.

Gotcha! /
ISBN: 0618543562. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2006.

While trying to learn about spiders in Mrs. Zookey's class, Richard becomes the target of Patrick the Pest's pranks.

Chess! I love it, I love it, I love it! /
ISBN: 0618977902. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2008.

When second-grader Richard and three other members of the Sumac School Chess Club compete in their first tournament, they each learn something about luck, concentration, and teamwork.

My teacher is an idiom /
ISBN: 0544056809. OCLC Number:

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Second-grader Richard finds himself in big trouble during Mind Your Manners Month when he unwittingly captures the attention of Patrick, the class clown, and Sophie, a French girl who has trouble with idioms.


Body of Work

  • Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children presented by the Illinois Reading Council, 2005
  • Chicago Children's Reading Round Table Award for outstanding contributions to the field of children's literature, 1989
  • Stink Alley

  • Society of Midland Authors Award for Children's Fiction, 2002
  • Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub

  • Sequoyah Award, Oklahoma, 1985
  • Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award, 1985
  • The Land of Enchantment Award, New Mexico, 1986
  • Buckeye Award, Ohio, 1987
  • Sunshine State Award, Florida, 1987
  • Do Bananas Chew Gum?

  • Carl Sandburg Award, Friends of the Chicago Public Library, 1981
  • Charlie May Simon Award, Arkansas, 1981
  • Harvey, the Beer Can King

  • Merit Award, Friends of American Writers, 1979

    Speaking Engagements

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