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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michele Weber Hurwitz  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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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.


'Calli Be Gold '

Best Books of the Year listing (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,

List of Top 50 books for secondary, Kiss the Book, 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

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Calli be gold
ISBN: 9780375898235. OCLC Number: 639518190

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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.

Ethan Marcus makes his mark
ISBN: 9781481489287. OCLC Number: 1022074503

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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.

Ethan Marcus stands up
ISBN: 9781481489270. OCLC Number: 972226278

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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.

Hello from Renn Lake /
ISBN: 1984896326. OCLC Number: 1104218784

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In Wisconsin, as her adoptive parents open their lake cabins for summer visitors, twelve-year-old Annalise, abandoned as an infant and able to communicate with the lake, discovers a growing toxic algae bloom and teams up with her friends to save the beloved body of water.

The summer I saved the world-- in 65 days /
ISBN: 0385371098. OCLC Number: 843955760

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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.