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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lynn E. McElfresh  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: in Urbana, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

McElfresh was born in Urbana and grew up there. She later lived in Decatur.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lynn McElfresh is a writer and lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. When she was in high school, she helped with a troop of Girl Scouts that had fourteen deaf girls and two girls who were deaf and blind. She has written two books and is also the ghost writer for several other children’s books.In 2009 she became a regular contributor to ''Thousand Islands Life'', a monthly journal of articles about the about the St. Lawrence River and Great Lake Ontario region. McElfresh spends her summers in the Thousands Islands on Grenell Island and winters in Dunedin, Florida.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Can You Feel the Thunder?
ISBN: 068982324X

Atheneum. 1999

Mic Parsons, struggling to deal with his deaf-blind older sister, making the school baseball team, and growing apart from his best friend, finds two eccentric kids who help him get his life back to normal.

Strong Deaf
ISBN: 1608981274

namelos. 2012

Jade is the only hearing member in her family. Her older sister gets to go to the school for the deaf headed by her grandfather Gilbert, but Jade feels left out. Marla thinks her little sister is a pest and a brat. When they end up on the same softball team for the summer, neither is happy about it. Jade, the smallest player on the team, is assigned to be the catcher. It looks like it’s going to be a long season. As sisters, they are often at loggerheads, but as team mates Jade and Marla have to find ways to get along. In spite of their differences, they soon discover that each has a lot to offer the other.


Can You Feel The Thunder

  • Nomination, Rebecca Caudill Award, 2003

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