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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Margo Lynn Balinski  

Pen Name: Margo L. Dill


Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: February 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri

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Illinois Connection

Balinski lived in Mahomet.

Biographical and Professional Information

Margo Lynn Balinski is a children's author and a freelance editor with the business, ''Editor 911: Your Projects Are My Emergency!'' and she is part of the ''WOW! Women On Writing'' e-zine's staff as an editor, blogger, instructor, and social media manager. She is also an editor for High Hill Press and specializes in memoirs, historical fiction and children's and YA novels. Margo loves presenting workshops to writing groups and school groups.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg (American Civil War Adventure)
ISBN: 1572494085

White Mane Publishing Co.. 2012

The civilian side of the war is shown from a young girl's viewpoint.

Thirteen-year-old Anna Green can hardly remember life before the War Between the States touched her hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi. for 47 days in May, June, and July 1863, the Union army bombs Vicksburg day and night, attempting to overtake the city. Anna longs for the days before Yankee bombs screeched above her, before her family was torn apart, and before they moved to a dark, damp cave to protect themselves from falling shells. During one terrible bombing, a tragedy strikes Anna and her siblings and changes their lives forever. Can Anna find the strength to keep her family together in the midst of war?

Caught Between Two Curses
ISBN: 0991069560

Rocking Horse Publishing. 2014

Seventeen-year-old Julie Nigelson is cursed. So is her entire family. And it's not just any-old-regular curse, either-it's strangely connected to the famous "Curse of the Billy Goat" on the Chicago Cubs. Julie must figure out this mystery while her uncle lies in a coma and her entire love life is in ruins: her boyfriend Gus is pressuring her to have sex, while her best friend Matt is growing more attractive to her all the time. Somehow, Julie must figure out how to save her uncle, her family's future, and her own love life-and time is running out!

Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire: The Case of the Missing Cookies
ISBN: 1616335262

Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. 2014

Maggie Mae, detective extraordinaire, is on the case of who stole her grandma's super-duper snickerdoodles. With her detective's badge and notebook, she finds clues, interviews suspects, and sets a trap. Who did it--Grandpa, her brother Ben, or Toby the dog? Finally, she reveals the culprits and saves the cookies. Suggested age range for readers: 4-8



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