Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ami Polonsky  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Polonsky grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and now lives in Deerfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ami Polonsky is a 6th grade English teacher, mother to two young children, and author, among other things. A former literacy coach, she remains devoted to guiding children towards a love of books and helping create lifetime readers.


Gracefully Grayson


LGBTQ+ inclusive summer reading list, HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, 2016

#2 of 32 Perfect Books To Kick Off Your Book Club, BuzzFeed Books

Rainbow List Top Ten pick, ALA, 2016

Best Older Fiction List, Chicago Public Library, 2014

30 LGBTQIA+ Children’s Books List, Bustle

Exceptional Merit Book List, Bank Street Best Books, 2015

KidsReads Reviewer Pick, 2014

BFYA list, YALSA, 2015

Kids’ Indie Next List, Winter 2014

Rick’s Reads List, #1 New York Times bestselling author Rick Riordan, 2014


READ ACROSS AMERICA book, National Education Association, March 2018

Kids’ Indie Next List, Winter 2016

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Gracefully Grayson
ISBN: 9781484723654. OCLC Number: 876466532

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Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world--

Spin with me /
ISBN: 9780374313500. OCLC Number: 1123233929

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Told in two voices, seventh-graders Essie, in North Carolina for just one semester, and Ollie, a non-binary, "gender weird" classmate, develop a gentle romance while Essie ponders her label.

Threads /
ISBN: 1484746902. OCLC Number: 945353107

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An American girl finds a note written by a Chinese girl forced to work in a factory in Beijing.