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General Information

Name:  Tracy Ahrens  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1970 in Kankakee, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Ahrens was born in Kankakee, Illinois. She graduated from Eureka College.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tracy Ahrens graduated with a degree in English from Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. Since then, she has been a journalist and eventually became an editor. She has written for a chain of 10 weekly newspapers based in the south Chicago suburbs, owned by Russell Publications. While there, she was also a feature story editor. Currently, she is a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune. She also is a freelance writer for magazines and other publications. Her professional writing memberships include the Illinois Woman's Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women. She is also a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and Cat Writers' Association. Ahrens has published three children's books, two non-fiction and one book of poetry. She illustrated two of her children's books. Five of her books are by traditional publishers, one was self-published and funded by a university.

Published Works

  • Cloud Jumpers, Guardian Angel Publishing, 2007
  • Giant Hero: One Couple’s Journey through Loving and Letting go of a Son with Potter’s Syndrome, Infinity Publishing, 2008
  • What if the Moon..., Guardian Angel Publishing, 2008
  • Raising My Furry Children, Weaving Dreams Publishing, 2011
  • Nature Will Heal, Finishing Line Press, 2012
  • Sammy Sparrow’s First Flight, Guardian Angel Publishing, 2014
  • I Am, Finishing Line Press, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

Cloud jumpers /
ISBN: 1933090537. OCLC Number:

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Children often imagine that clouds look like animals and numbers. Cloud jumpers live in these shapes and are looking back at you.

Giant hero :
ISBN: 074144948X. OCLC Number:

Infinity,. West Conshohoken, PA :. ©2008.

What if the moon ... /
ISBN: 1933090561. OCLC Number:

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"The moon transforms into a grape, an orange and chocolate chip cook in 'What if the Moon ... ' The poetic text expands a child's imagination while teaching about colors and shapes."--Back cover.

Raising my furry children /
ISBN: 0982487673. OCLC Number:

Weaving Dreams Publishing,. Watseka, Illinois :. ©2011.

'Raising My Furry Children is an affectionate account of one person's experiences with her beloved furry children. Originally introduced in a newspaper column, these humorous, and sometimes sad, recollections will touch the heart of every pet owner."

Sammy Sparrow's first flight /
ISBN: 161633584X. OCLC Number:

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Parents set rules for their children for a reason. Sammy Sparrow quickly learns why while trying to fly alone at night.


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