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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.


'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

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Jemma Hartman, camper extraordinaire /
ISBN: 0374336725. OCLC Number: 234073662

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. .

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

Julia's kitchen
ISBN: 9781466890053. OCLC Number: 900082261

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Cara Segal is a born worrier. She figures her worrying works like a whisper in God's ear ⁰́₃ if Cara's concerned about car crashes, kidnappings, or murders, she lets God know, and he alwaysspares her. But Cara never thought to worry about a fire. And one night while she's sleeping at a friend's house, her house catches fire, and her mother and younger sister are both killed.Throughout shiva, the initial Jewish mourning period, Cara can't help wondering about God's role in the tragedy. And what is her father's role in her life now? He walks around like a ghostand refuses to talk about the fire. Cara longs for her family and her home, where sweet smells filled the house as Cara's mom filled orders for her catering business, Julia's Kitchen. Then oneday a call comes in for a cookie order, and Cara gets a wild idea. Maybe by bringing back Julia's Kitchen, she can find a way to reconnect with everything she's lost.Complete with a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, this debut novel is a joyous tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit. Julia's Kitchen is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Julia's kitchen /
ISBN: 0374399328. OCLC Number: 58647979

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. .

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.

The yuckiest, stinkiest, best valentine ever
ISBN: 9780147517098. OCLC Number: 900623655

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

The yuckiest, stinkiest, best Valentine ever /
ISBN: 0803735057. OCLC Number: 774212516

Dial Books for Young Readers,. .

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