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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Leone Castell Anderson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction & Poetry

Audience: Children;

Born: Los Angeles, California

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Illinois Connection

Leone lives in Stockton, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leone Castell Anderson is a former copywriter, book store owner and librarian. She is the author of several picture books, which include: ''Moving Day'', ''My Own Grandpa'' and ''The Wonderful Shrinking Shirt''. ''Sean's War'' and ''Sean's Quest'' are middle-grade historical novels set in the 1832 era of the Black Hawk War. The cover illustrations for both of these books were created by Leone's husband, J. Eric, a watercolor artist. She also has written many magazine stories that have appeared in ''Highlights for Children'' and ''Cricket Magazine'', some of which have been reprinted in textbooks.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

It's O.K. to cry (Handling difficult times)
ISBN: 0895650940

distributed by Children's Press. 1979

Two brothers must deal with the death of a favorite uncle.

Learning About Towers and Dungeons (The Learning About Series)
ISBN: 0516065386

Childrens Pr. 1982

Describes some of the world's most famous towers as well as a few dungeons and prisons, and relates historical tales associated with several of the structures.

The Wonderful Shrinking Shirt
ISBN: 0807591718

Albert Whitman & Co. 1983

A perfect fit--everyone loves Elbert's new yellow flannel shirt with the flashy purple strips--until Mom decides to wash it, and the silliness begins

My friend next door
ISBN: 0896932125

For distribution by Victor Books. 1983

A young girl is distressed when her new next-door neighbor is not immediately accepted into her circle of friends.

The Good-By Day (Little Golden Readers)
ISBN: 0307602362

Goldencraft. 1985

Christmas Handbook (Holiday Handbooks)
ISBN: 0895652684

The Childs World Inc. 1984

Surprise at Muddy Creek (Making Choices)
ISBN: 0895656981

The Childs World Inc. 1990

Little Carrie misses her Boston home when her family moves West, but the displeasure she feels on discovering her neighbors are Indians changes as she comes to know Running Fawn, a girl her own age.

My Own Grandpa (A Little golden book)
ISBN: 0307021572

Golden Books. 1985

Andrew wishes for a grandfather to do things with and his mother helps him find one.

The good-by day (A Little golden book)
ISBN: 0307020908

Western Pub Co. 1984

When moving day comes for Jennifer and her family, she and her best friend Zaneed learn to turn saying "good-by" into a happy "backwards hello".

How Come You're So Shy? (Big Little Golden Books)
ISBN: 0307682730

Goldencraft. 1987

Ashley overcomes her shyness to become the friend of the new girl at her school

Sean's War
ISBN: 0963881949

Shadowplay Pr. 1998

A novel for middle grade readers and older about Sean Callahan growing up in the 1830s that takes place during the Black Hawk War. Sean must struggle with the battle between his parents over how to treat the Indians and prove his courage to his father. Includes maps and illustrations by Sheila Kelly Welch. History will come to life as children read about Sean's experiences -- his work in the lead mines, his witnessing of the battle at Stillman's Run, and his participation in the defense of the Apple River fort. Young readers will be drawn into Sean's conflicts as he tries to sort out moral issues that are still relevant in today's world. A Teacher's Guide is available from the publisher for use in schools.

Sean's Quest
ISBN: 0963881965

Shadowplay Pr. 2002

In this engaging sequel to Sean's War, the story of Sean's life during the frontier days in northwestern Illinois continues. Everything has changed now that Sigrid is gone. Sean struggles to help his father keep food on the table while he knows they both miss more than Sigrid's cooking. Part of Sean's emptiness is filled by his developing friendship with a spunky girl, Becky Amos. Together they befriend a new student at their one-room schoolhouse, a Potawatomi Indian boy, Thunder Cloud. When Sean receives two letters, one from Sigrid, one from her doctor friend, he learns that his beloved stepmother and his little brother are in grave danger. Sean and his friends set out on a daunting quest to find his mother and bring his family -- and his life -- back together.

Sean's Quest
ISBN: 0963881973

Shadowplay Pr. 2002

The Black Hawk War has ended, but the conflict in Sean's family has intensified. This sequel to Sean's War relates the personal and daily struggles of frontier life during the 1830's. Like a good sequel, Sean's Quest stands alone as an exciting tale. But, better yet, read Sean's War first for a sweeping story of a young boy's adventures among the pioneers and the Indians...


  • ''Why LeRoy Smiled''- Highlights for Children- First Place 1989

  • ''What's That Sound?'' Florida Writers Picture Book Competition- First place 1993

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    , contact Editor

    Sheila Welch at ShadowPlay Press

    P.O. Box 647 7289 Columbine Rd. Forreston, IL 61030 815-938-3151 Leone's writing workshops/talks for children can be adapted to varying age groups and include

  • The Birth of a Book

    - how her books "happen"

  • Digging for Treasure

    - how she researches her historical novels

  • What Was It Like?

    - a sharing of what life was like 175 years ago through readings from her novels

  • Sensing the Magic

    - a hands-on workshop, learning the magic of using your senses Leone's fee is negotiable and usually run $200 per presentation or $500 for an all-day visit which includes four classes. Leone has presented many ''Young Author'' programs and has given talks and workshops at schools/libraries. She also gives programs for teachers, librarians and other adult groups.