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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alyssa Wees  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Wees earned an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alyssa Wees wrote a lot of stories about her Beanie Babies when she was growing up. She has earned a BA in English from Creighton University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Currently she works as an assistant librarian in youth services at a public library.


The Waking Forest Starred Review, Kirkus, 2019 Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2019 ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The waking forest /
ISBN: 0525581162. OCLC Number: 1041199105

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"When the lives of a girl, who has terrifying visions, and a witch, who grants wishes to children in the woods, collide in the most unexpected of ways, a dark, magical truth threatens to doom them both"--