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General Information

Name:  Ilene Cooper  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: March 10, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Cooper was born in Chicago and currently lives in Highland Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ilene Cooper writes across genres and ages groups. She was born in Chicago and grew up in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood. After graduating Sullivan High School, she attended the University of Missouri Journalism School where she majored in Radio and Television. She worked as an editorial researcher at Chicago's WGN TV station for several years. She earned a master's degree in library science from Rosary College.As a youth librarian, Ilene worked at several branches of the Chicago Public Library and at the Winnetka Public Library District before becoming the children's books editor of ''Booklist'', the review journal of the American Library Association. She's a popular speaker at schools and libraries and has written for the New York Times as well as for television. In her twenty year career, Cooper published over thirty books.

Published Works

  • Susan B. Anthony, Franklin Watts, 1984
  • The Winning of Miss Lynn Ryan, Morrow, 1987
  • Queen of the Sixth Grade, Morow, 1988
  • Choosing Sides, Morrow, 1990
  • Frances Takes A Chance, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1991
  • Frances and Friends, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1991
  • Frances Dances, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1991
  • Frances Foureyes, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1991
  • Mean Streak, Puffin, 1992
  • The New, Improved Gretchen Hubbard, William Morrow & Co, 1992
  • Lights, Camera, Attitude, Puffin, 1993
  • My Co-star, My Enemy, Puffin, 1993
  • Trouble in Paradise, Puffin, 1993
  • Seeing Red, Puffin, 1993
  • Trick or Trouble, Viking, 1994
  • The Worst Noel, Viking, 1994
  • Stupid Cupid, Viking, 1995
  • Star Spangled Summer, Viking, 1996
  • No Thanks Thanksgiving, Viking, 1996
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls, HarperCollins, 1997
  • I'll See You in My Dreams, Viking, 1997
  • Buddy Love--Now on Video, HarperCollins, 1998
  • But What About Me?, Demco Media, 1999
  • Absolutely Lucy, Random House, 1999
  • Jewish Holidays All Year Round, Abrams Inc., 2002
  • Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy, Dutton Juvenile, 2003
  • The Annoying Team, Random House, 2005
  • Sam I Am, Scholastic, 2006
  • Lucy on the Loose, Random House, 2007
  • The Golden Rule, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007
  • Jake's Best Thumb, Dutton, 2008
  • Up Close: Oprah Winfrey, Puffin, 2008
  • Look at Lucy!, Random House, 2009
  • Angel in My Pocket, Feiwel and Friends, 2011
  • Little Lucy, Random House, 2011
  • Lucy on the Ball, Random House, 2011
  • Lucy's Tricks and Treats, Random House, 2012
  • Thanks to Lucy, Random House, 2013
  • A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country, Abrams, 2014
  • Faith and Fury: The Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary—The Story of Jerusalem’s Most Sacred Space,'' Roaring Book Press, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

Susan B. Anthony /
ISBN: 0531047504. OCLC Number:

F. Watts,. New York :. 1984.

A biography of one of the first leaders of the campaign for women's rights who helped organize the women's suffrage movement.

The winning of Miss Lynn Ryan /
ISBN: 0688072313. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1987.

No matter how hard she tries, Carrie fails to impress her attractive, new fifth-grade teacher who favors the more popular members of the class and either ignores or criticizes Carrie and her new friend Luke, the class nerd.

Frances takes a chance /
ISBN: 0679911103. OCLC Number:

Bullseye Books,. New York :. 1991.

When her best friend moves away, shy fourth-grader Frances McAllister must make new friends, and in so doing learns to stick up for herself.

Mean streak /
ISBN: 0140349782. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :. 1992.

Having alienated her best friend Robin, eleven-year-old Veronica has no one to turn to for sympathy and support when it appears that her divorced father might remarry.

Frances four-eyes /
ISBN: 067991112X. OCLC Number:

Bullseye Books :. New York :. 1991.

A shy fourth-grader becomes more assertive as she dances the lead role at a recital, suggests a community project in class, and starts to wear her new glasses.

Frances dances /
ISBN: 0679911111. OCLC Number:

Bullseye Books, Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 1991.

As she takes ballet lessons and participates in a school play, a timid fourth-grader confronts her fears and learns a lesson about friendship.

The new, improved Gretchen Hubbard /
ISBN: 068808432X. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1992.

Formerly "Hippo Hubbard" of the sixth grade, Gretchen slims down but feels uncomfortable receiving compliments and attention from her classmates.

Lights, camera, attitude! /
ISBN: 0140361553. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York, NY, U.S.A. :. ©1993.

Personal problems for both Alison and Jamie threaten to disrupt their performances in the new television series "Sticks and Stones."

My co-star, my enemy /
ISBN: 0140361561. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :. 1993.

Temperaments clash on the set when veteran child actress Jamie and sheltered rich girl Alison are cast as the stars of a new television series.

Trouble in paradise /
ISBN: 0140361588. OCLC Number:

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Alison and Jamie continue to find that being television stars has its downside, as Jamie gets grief about her dramatic weight loss and Alison gets weird fan mail from a menacing secret admirer.

Seeing red /
ISBN: 014036157X. OCLC Number:

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When the cast of "Sticks and Stones" takes to the road for a publicity tour, the uneasy truce between the two stars is threatened by Jamie's ego and Alison's stage fright.

Trick or trouble /
ISBN: 0140365176. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :. ©1995.

Lia makes four new friends at summer camp, but when they come to her house in Maple Park, Illinois, at Halloween, she worries that they will discover that she is not so popular in her seventh grade class.

The worst noel /
ISBN: 0140365184. OCLC Number:

Penguin Group,. New York :. 1995, ©1994.

Feeling out-of-place when she visits her father's new family, Kathy decides to spend Christmas with the close-knit family of Erin, one of her friends from summer camp.

Stupid Cupid /
ISBN: 0140365192. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York :. 1996, ©1995.

Tired of her mother urging her to diet, twelve-year-old Maddy finds the motivation to lose weight after meeting a handsome new student.

Star spangled summer /
ISBN: 067085655X. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York :. 1996.

The Holiday Five's return to Camp Wildwood may be spoiled when it appears that three of the girls may not be able to attend after all.

No-thanks Thanksgiving /
ISBN: 0670856576. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York, N.Y. :. 1996.

Five friends from summer camp renew their relationship over the holidays with a trip to New York City.

The Dead Sea scrolls /
ISBN: 0688143008. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1997.

Details the important archaeological discovery of the ancient manuscripts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls and discusses efforts to translate them, the battle over their possession, and the people who have figured in their history.

I'll see you in my dreams /
ISBN: 067086322X. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York :. ©1997.

Karen's dreams, which years ago foretold the death of her father, are now warning her of another impending tragedy.

Buddy Love now on video /
ISBN: 0064407241. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. 1995.

When Buddy interviews family and friends on videotape, he learns surprising things about his family and himself.

Absolutely Lucy /
ISBN: 0307265021. OCLC Number:

Golden Books,. New York :. 2000.

Bobby is a shy boy until he gets a beagle puppy named Lucy, who helps him to make new friends.

Jewish holidays all year round :
ISBN: 0810905507. OCLC Number:

Harry N. Abrams,. New York :. 2002.

Explains the origins and meaning of the major Jewish holidays, describes how they are observed, and suggests related crafts and recipes.

Jack :
ISBN: 0525469230. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. 2003.

A description of the childhood and youth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States.

Jake's best thumb /
ISBN: 0525477888. OCLC Number:

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When Jake goes to kindergarten, a bully teases him about sucking his thumb, but Jake discovers that everyone--even bullies--needs some help being brave.

Oprah Winfrey :
ISBN: 0142410454. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York :. 2008.

Presents the life of the African American talk-show host, describing her rise from poverty to her current status as one the country's most financially successful television personalities.

Lucy's tricks and treats /
ISBN: 0375869972. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2012.

Halloween is near and Bobby has a great idea for costumes for himself and his dog, Lucy, but when he brings Lucy's costume to school for show-and-tell it disappears, and Bobby suspects the unfriendly new student took it.

Thanks to Lucy /
ISBN: 0375869980. OCLC Number:

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"Bobby Quinn has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving--his grandmother's visit, an adopted baby brother or sister on the way--but what he's most thankful for is his beagle Lucy, who hasn't been acting like herself lately"--

A woman in the House (and Senate) :
ISBN: 1419710362. OCLC Number:

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For the first 128 years of our country's history, not a single woman served in the United States Senate or House of Representatives. All of that changed, however, in November 1916, when Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress -- even before the Nineteenth Amendment gave women across the U.S. the right to vote. Beginning with the women's suffrage movement and going all the way through the results of the 2012 election, Ilene Cooper covers more than a century of U.S. history in order to highlight the influential and diverse group of female leaders who opened doors for women in politics as well as the nation as a whole.

Faith and Fury :
ISBN: 1596435305. OCLC Number:

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"Temple Mount is a site where worlds meet, conflict arises, and history changes. Standing in the center of Jerusalem, it is a holy landmark for Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, and has been the locus of many of the most important religious, social, and political upheavals of the last thousand years. Rumored to be the location of the Garden of Eden, Temple Mount dominates Jerusalem's Old City and contains the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, both of which attract millions of visitors and religious pilgrims each year. Veteran author Ilene Cooper explores the turbulent history of Jerusalem's famous Temple Mount in this timely, illustrated nonfiction offering"--


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