Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Brenda A. Ferber  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1967 in Skokie, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Ferber was born in Skokie and grew up in Highland Park. She now lives and works in Deerfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brenda Ferber graduated from the University of Michigan. She started out writing stories that were accepted by ''Ladybug'' magazine. In 2004, she submitted her first novel, then called ''Cara's Kitchen'', to the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition, which she won. The manuscript was accepted for publication by Farrar Straus & Giroux, which published the book as ''Julia's Kitchen'' in 2006.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Julia's kitchen /
ISBN: 0374399328. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2006.

When her mother and younger sister are killed in a house fire, eleven-year-old Cara struggles to find a way to deal with her emotions and to reach out to her grieving father.

Jemma Hartman, camper extraordinaire /
ISBN: 0374336725. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2009.

Spending the summer after fifth grade at Camp Star Lake in Wisconsin, Jemma discovers the joy of sailing and learns a lesson about friendship.

The yuckiest, stinkiest, best Valentine ever /
ISBN: 0803735057. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2012.

A young boy named Leon pursues a runaway Valentine meant for his true love, Zoey Maloney.


The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine's Day Ever

  • Kirkus Starred Review
  • Julia's Kitchen

  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner under the title
  • Cara's Kitchen

    , 2004

  • As a result, the title was changed and it went on to be published as
  • Julia's Kitchen

  • VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, 2006
  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2006
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2007
  • Kirkus Starred Review

    Speaking Engagements

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