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General Information

Name:  Julia Durango  

Pen Name: JD Vaughn - when writing with Tracie Zimmer

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Illinois Connection

Durango attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where she received degrees in Latin American Studies and Political Science. She currently resides in Ottawa.

Biographical and Professional Information

Julia Durango is a former school librarian and the author of picture books, adventure novels, and poetry for kids of all ages.

Published Works

  • Dream Hop, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2005
  • Peter Claver, Patron Saint of Slaves, Paulist Press, 2005
  • Yum! Yuck! A Foldout Book of People Sounds, Charlesbridge Publishing , 2005 - written with Linda Sue Park
  • Angels Watching Over Me, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers , 2007
  • The Walls of Cartagena, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers , 2008
  • Sea of the Dead, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers , 2009
  • Cha-Cha Chimps, Simon & Schuster, 2010
  • Dream Away, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2011 - written with Katie Belle Trupiano
  • Go-Go Gorillas, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2011
  • Pest Fest, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2011
  • Under the Mambo Moon, Charlsbridge Publishing Co., 2011
  • The Leveller, Harper, 2015
  • The One Day House, Charlesbridge, 2017
  • Here, There and Everywhere, Harper Teen, 2017 - written with Tyler TerronesWritten under the pen name JD Vaughn with Tracie Zimmer:
  • The Second Guard, Disney Hyperion, 2015
  • The Shadow Guard, Disney Hyperion, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

Dream hop /
ISBN: 0689871635. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2005.

Children learn a way to escape the dreams which scare them.

Peter Claver, patron saint of slaves =
ISBN: 0809166976. OCLC Number:

Paulist Press,. New York :. ©2002.

An introduction to the life of Saint Pedro Claver, a seventeenth century Jesuit priest who spent his life caring for slaves in Colombia and working for their freedom.

Yum! Yuck! :
ISBN: 1570916594. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2005.

At a busy street market, kids are happily eating ice cream. But disaster strikes when a little dog overturns a spice cart, showering pepper on everyone's ice cream. Will the kids end up crying or cheering? Energetic art and a lift-the-flap feature make exploring language fun.

Angels watching over me /
ISBN: 0689862520. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2007.

A young child is comforted by the thoughts of guardian angels through the words of this soothing spiritual lullaby.

The walls of Cartagena /
ISBN: 1416941029. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2008.

Thirteen-year-old Calepino, an African slave in the seventeenth-century Caribbean city of Cartagena, works as a translator for a Jesuit priest who tends to newly-arrived slaves and, after working for a Jewish doctor in a leper colony and helping an Angolan boy and his mother escape, he realizes his true calling.

Sea of the Dead /
ISBN: 1416957782. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2009.

When thirteen-year-old Kehl, fifth son of the Warrior Prince Amatec, is kidnapped by the Fallen King and forced to map the entire Carillon Empire, he also discovers a secret about his own past.

Cha-cha chimps /
ISBN: 1416995749. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2006.

Counting and dancing go hand in hand at Mambo Jamba's, the place where hippos hokey-pokey and meerkats macarena and ten little chimps do the cha-cha-cha, until Mama Chip says, "Time for bed!"

Dream away /
ISBN: 1416987029. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2011.

At bedtime, a young boy looks forward to falling asleep and dreaming about sailing the ocean of stars with his father.

Go-go gorillas /
ISBN: 141693779x. OCLC Number:

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Summoned to the Great Gorilla Villa by King Big Daddy to meet the newest member of their family, ten gorillas arrive on time using various forms of transportation, including hot-air balloon, taxicab, and pogo stick.

Pest fest.
ISBN: 1442430958. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Merchand,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2012.

Under the mambo moon /
ISBN: 157091723x. OCLC Number:

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Contains poems about the different people who stop by Marisol's father's music store on a hot summer night, looking for just the right songs to make their hearts fly home.

The leveller /
ISBN: 0062314009. OCLC Number:

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"Nixy Bauer, a sixteen-year-old self-made video-game bounty hunter, gets in over her head when she attempts to rescue a game developer's son from a virtual trap"--

The one day house /
ISBN: 1580897096. OCLC Number:

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A little boy promises his beloved friend, an elderly lady, that one day he will fix up her old house--and his words inspire the other people in the neighborhood to pitch in and get it done.

Here, there, everywhere /
ISBN: 0062314033. OCLC Number:

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Zeus would rather be anywhere than here--Buffalo Falls, the tiny town his family moved to at the end of the school year. Having left all his friends back in Chicago, and with nothing to look forward to except helping out at his mother's cafe and biking around town with his weird little brother, Zeus is pretty sure this is destined to be the worst summer of his life.

The Second Guard /
ISBN: 1423169093. OCLC Number:

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While training to join the ranks of the Queen's legendary army, the Second Guard, fifteen-year-old Talimendra and her new friends Zarif and Chey discover a conspiracy that could bring down the entire Tequendian Empire.

The shadow guard /
ISBN: 1423170970. OCLC Number:

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When the Earth guild begins to demand fairer treatment by the queen, Brindl Pacari, an Earth guilder and now Master of Messages for the Princess, must choose sides: join the rebellion, or stay loyal to the crown.


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