Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  M. Molly Backes  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1980 in Madison, Wisconsin

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Illinois Connection

Backes lives in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

M. Molly Backes is the author of The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, 2012) and the assistant director of StoryStudio Chicago, the center for writing and writers, where she teaches creative writing classes to adults and teens.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Princesses of Iowa
ISBN: 0763653128

Candlewick. 2012

What does it mean to do wrong, when no one punishes you? A smart and unflinching look at friendship, the nature of entitlement, and growing up in the heartland.

Paige Sheridan has the perfect life. She's pretty, rich, and popular, and her spot on the homecoming court is practically guaranteed. But when a night of partying ends in an it-could-have-been-so-much worse crash, everything changes. Her best friends start ignoring her, her boyfriend grows cold and distant, and her once-adoring younger sister now views her with contempt. The only bright spot is her creative writing class, led by a charismatic new teacher who encourages students to be true to themselves. But who is Paige, if not the homecoming princess everyone expects her to be? In this arresting and witty debut, a girl who was once high-school royalty must face a truth that money and status can't fix, and choose between living the privileged life of a princess, or owning up to her mistakes and giving up everything she once held dear.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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