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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michele Weber Hurwitz  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Weber Hurwitz grew up in Skokie and currently lives in Buffalo Grove, a northwest suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michele Weber Hurwitz has a journalism degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked as a publicist, freelance magazine writer, and newspaper columnist.

Published Works

  • Calli Be Gold , Wendy Lamb Books , 2011
  • The Summer I Saved the 65 Days, Ember, 2015
  • Ethan Marcus Stands Up, Aladdin, 2017
  • Ethan Marcus Makes His Mark, Aladdin, 2018

Selected Titles At Your Library

Calli be gold /
ISBN: 0385739702. OCLC Number:

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Eleven-year-old Calli, the third child in a family of busy high-achievers, likes to take her time and observe rather than rush around, and when she meets an awkward, insecure second-grader named Noah and is paired with him in the Peer Helper Program, she finds satisfaction and strength in working with him.

The summer I saved the world-- in 65 days /
ISBN: 0385371098. OCLC Number:

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Inspired by her late grandmother, thirteen-year-old Nina spends a summer secretly doing good deeds for her neighbors and enjoying the changes she brings about, even as she is dealing with changing friendships and family issues.

Ethan Marcus stands up /
ISBN: 1481489259. OCLC Number:

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Told from multiple viewpoints, well-behaved Ethan Marcus sets off a protest and leads a team in inventing a device to help students tired of sitting all day.

Ethan Marcus makes his mark /
ISBN: 1481489283. OCLC Number:

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In this story told from different perspectives, a high-energy seventh grader, his slightly older, serious sister, and their close friends enter an invention competition.


Calli Be Gold

  • Best Books of the Year listing with a star for outstanding merit, Bank Street College of Education, 2012

    The Summer I Saved the 65 Days

  • Young Critics' Favorite Books 2014-2015, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT,
  • Kiss the Book's list of Top 50 books for secondary, 2015
  • Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    Ethan Marcus Stands Up

  • IL READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

    Michele will speak to small or larger groups in the 3rd to 6th grade range, and also to adult writers' groups. Her presentations at schools and libraries are interactive and about one hour long. They can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. She can speak on the writing and publishing process and what it's like to work as an author. She also can initiate and moderate a discussion of the themes in Calli Be Gold, including achievement and the pressure to succeed.

    Michele is also available for book signings and Skype visits.