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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stella Pevsner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1921 in Lincoln, Illinois

Died: June 11, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Illinois Connection

Pevsner was born in Lincoln and lived in Palatine and Chicago. She attended Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal for two years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stella Pevsner began writing children’s books in 1970 after a career in advertising and freelance writing because her son Stuart said his favorite author, Beverly Cleary, “didn’t write fast enough.” In all, she wrote 18 books.

A former president of the Society of Midland Authors, she went on to win many awards for her writing.

The ABC Afterschool Special, "Me and Dad's New Wife" was based off her novel "A Smart Kid Like You".

She continued writing into her 90's, publishing her last book, "Bubblegum Angel" in 2018.


A Smart Kid Like You

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 1977

Children’s Fiction Award, Society of Midland Authors, 1987

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?

Children's Fiction Award, Society of Midland Authors 1996

How Could You Do It, Diane?

Carl Sandburg Award, Friends of the Chicago Public Library,

Other Awards:

Illinois Children’s Book Author of the Year, 1987

Selected Titles At Your Library

A smart kid like you.
ISBN: 0590327356. OCLC Number: 19035371

Vagabond,. .

Just as Nina begins to accept her parents' divorce, she discovers her father's new wife is to be her seventh grade math teacher.

And you give me a pain, Elaine
ISBN: 0671688383. OCLC Number: 39598182

Pocket Books,. .

Andrea feels her parents unfairly focus most of their attention on her trouble-making older sister.

Break a Leg!
ISBN: 0517502240. OCLC Number:

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Bubblegum Angel
ISBN: 1721925139. OCLC Number:

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Cute is a four-letter word /
ISBN: 0671688456. OCLC Number: 539347552

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Footsteps on the stairs /
ISBN: 9780671524111. OCLC Number: 11151024

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Three boys interested in the supernatural try to calm a restless ghost haunting one boy's house.

How could you do it, Diane? /
ISBN: 0395510414. OCLC Number: 19130381

Clarion Books,. .

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

I'm Emma: I'm a quint
ISBN: 060611503X. OCLC Number: 778983703

Minstrel,. .

Thirteen-year-old Emma, one of a set of quintuplets, struggles to maintain her individuality as she attends acting class, prepares for her half-sister's wedding, and auditions for a movie.

Is everyone moonburned but me? /
ISBN: 0395957702. OCLC Number: 41880300

Clarion Books,. .

Thirteen-year-old Hannah feels plain and drab compared to her older and younger sisters, but when both of her divorced parents seem on the verge of remarriage and a series of crises face the family, she is the only one who manages to keep her sanity.

Jon, Flora, and the odd-eyed cat /
ISBN: 0671561057. OCLC Number: 37189915

Pocket Books,. .

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.

Lindsay, Lindsay, fly away home /
ISBN: 0671503545. OCLC Number: 11764226

Pocket,. .

Teen-aged Lindsay, after spending most of her life in India and other faraway places with her businessman father, is perplexed and unhappy when she is suddenly sent to live with her aunt Meg in the United States.

Me, my goat, and my sister's wedding /
ISBN: 0671662066. OCLC Number: 29234705

Pocket Books,. .

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

New girl
ISBN: 0590401033. OCLC Number: 5345205

Scholastic Book Services,. .

Fran's best friend leaves for summer camp and now Fran does not know how she'll ever get through two long months without Debbie.

Renting Out Dogs is Rong!
ISBN: 1547204184. OCLC Number:

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Sing for your father, Su Phan
ISBN: 0440415381. OCLC Number: 36330903

Clarion Books,. .

Recalls the events in a North Vietnamese village that forever changed the lives of the youngest daughter of a prosperous trader and her family.

Sister of the quints
ISBN: 0671659731. OCLC Number: 17965600

Pocket Books,. .

Thirteen-year-old Natalie's life undergoes chaotic changes when her stepmother has quintuplets and their roomy Chicago home becomes a huge nursery.

The night the whole class slept over /
ISBN: 067178157X. OCLC Number: 26994348

Pocket Books,. .

Eleven-year-old Dan, whose artist parents have kept him moving around all his life, fears he will lose the friends he has made at his new school, until the class sleepover coincides with a bad winter storm.

Would my fortune cookie lie? /
ISBN: 0395730821. OCLC Number: 32969093

Clarion Books,. .

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 friend.