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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stella Pevsner  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1921 in Lincoln, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Pevsner was born in Lincoln and currently lives in Palatine. She attended Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stella Pevsner is a writer of juvenile novels. Born in Lincoln, Illinois, she was educated at Illinois State University and began her writing career in advertising. She moved to free-lance articles and then started writing fiction at the suggestion of one of her four children. She is a current resident of Palatine, Illinois.

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Titles At Your Library

Lindsay, Lindsay, Fly Away Home
ISBN: 0671503545

Simon Pulse. 1985

Having grown up in India, seventeen-year-old Lindsay has trouble adjusting when her father sends her back to America to live with her Aunt Meg

Me, My Goat, and My Sister's Wedding
ISBN: 0671662066

Pocket Books. 1987

Doug and his friends keep their pet goat a secret from the families, but before long, sightings of the high-spirited animal occur at very inappropriate places

Sister of the Quints
ISBN: 0899194982

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1987

Emergency babysitting for her stepmother's quintuplets cuts into Natalie's social life and the media attention that quintuplets bring complicates matters, but Natalie resists the temptation to return to her real mother when one of the quintuplets is kidnapped

How Could You Do It, Diane?
ISBN: 0395510414

Clarion Books. 1989

As Bethany struggles to find the reasons why her sister committed suicide, her parents try to repress the incident

Cute Is a Four Letter Word: Cute Is a Four Letter Word
ISBN: 0671688456

Simon Pulse. 1989

After trying out for the pom-pom squad and making it, Clara Conrad soon discovers that being popular and dating the most sought-after boy is not as fulfilling as she once thought

The Night the Whole Class Slept Over
ISBN: 067178157X

Aladdin. 1992

Tired of living in the back-to-nature fashion of his parents, Dan Wakefield yearns for a "normal" life like the other kids, and he gets his chance during the annual class sleepover at the local library--a sleepover that becomes anything but normal. Reprint.

I'm Emma: I'm a Quint
ISBN: 0613011899

Bt Bound. 1999

Jon Flora and the Odd Eyed Cat
ISBN: 0671561057

Aladdin. 1997

While recovering from rheumatic fever and a move from Chicago to a small southern town, fourteen-year-old Jon becomes involved with a troubled young girl's recreation of an ancient druid ceremony

Would My Fortune Cookie Lie?
ISBN: 0395730821

Clarion Books. 1996

While worrying that her mom is plotting to move the family from their Chicago home, thirteen-year-old Alexis also wonders about the mysterious young man who seems to be shadowing her and her best friend.

Sing for Your Father, Su Phan
ISBN: 0613182774

Rebound by Sagebrush. 1999

Is Everyone Moonburned but Me?
ISBN: 0395957702

Clarion Books. 2000

Stuck between a glamorous, self-involved older sister and a spoiled, delicate younger sister, Hannah never seems to get the attention she deserves. Her mom is busy with her job and her boyfriend, and she depends on Hannah to be dependable. When Hannah decides she'll try living with her father, she finds he has a new girlfriend, and the girlfriend has an obnoxious son with whom Hannah is expected to be friendly. Hannah suspects she's the only one in her mixed-up family who isn't moonburned--floating somewhere in outer space--and she wonders how important she really is to a family that barely seems to notice her. In this humorous but thoughtful story, filled with contemporary, realistically drawn characters, Hannah must find a way to express her own personality and define her role in her ever-changing family.


A Smart Kid Like You

  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 1977
  • And You Give Me a Pain, Elaine

  • Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 1978
  • Cute is a 4-Letter Word

  • Carl Sandburg Award, Friends of the Chicago Public Library, 1980
  • Would My Fortune Cookie Lie?

  • Society of Midland Authors Children's Fiction Award, 1996
  • Other Awards

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