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Name:  Ted Sanders  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1969 in Illinois

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Sanders grew up in Northern Illinois. He currently lives in Urbana and is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ted Sanders teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois and is the author of the middle-grade series, ''The Keepers.'' His first book, the short story collection ''No Animals We Could Name'', won the 2011 Bakeless Prize for Fiction. In 2012, Sanders received a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship. His stories and essays have appeared in ''The Southern Review'', ''Cincinnati Review'', ''Confrontation'', ''Georgia Review'', ''Gettysburg Review'', ''Indiana Review'', and the ''O. Henry Prize Stories'' anthology.


No Animals We Could Name

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No animals we could name :
ISBN: 1555976166. OCLC Number: 759175068

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Collects short stories featuring animals, including a lion made of bedsheets who is brought to life by a grieving mother and a halibut who offers his perspective of a fishing tug-of-war.

The box and the dragonfly
ISBN: 0062275836. OCLC Number: 903771766

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From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus literally a sign with his name on it everything in his normal little life changes. An encounter with the House of Answers, a magically hidden warehouse full of mysterious objects and even stranger people, only leads to more questions. These people think he's special a Keeper of an incredible gift although scientifically-minded Horace isn't so sure he really believes in that kind of thing. But then a confrontation with an impossibly tall, thin, creepy and undoubtedly menacing man makes him think twice. Horace must now quickly begin to unravel the mysteries of this hidden world and his new gift as he finds himself immersed in a battle between ancient forces, where the bad guys don't pull any punches, even the good guys have their flaws, and where friendship, loyalty and trust turn out to be the greatest powers of all.

The box and the dragonfly /
ISBN: 0062275828. OCLC Number: 882553558

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Horace F. Andrews, armed with a strange wooden box, and Chloe Burke, wearing a mysterious dragonfly pendant, become entangled in a secret and ancient society striving to protect powerful devices from the evil Riven.

The harp and the ravenvine /
ISBN: 0062275852. OCLC Number: 910983730

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As Horace and his friend Chloe adjust to their newfound powers as Keepers of Tan'ji, or magical objects of extraordinary power, a new Keeper named April journeys toward the Warren and questions arise about where her loyalties lie and whether her damaged Tan'ji can be repaired.

The portal and the veil /
ISBN: 0062275887. OCLC Number: 967868640

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"Horace F. Andrews and his friends are fighting the battle of their lives, a battle that will decide the fate of everyone and everything they love. As Wardens and Keepers of Tan’ji, the fabled talismans of power, it is their duty to keep the world safe from those who would destroy it. But all is not as it seems. Sometimes there are too many secrets, and too many places to stumble in the dark. When one powerful Keeper and his Tan’ji are kidnapped, the Wardens have to ask who could have betrayed them. Who could have let the enemy into their stronghold?"