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Deborah Marcero

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Marcero lives in Chicago.

Biography: Deborah Marcero is an artist and author. She received a BFA in drawing, printmaking, and photography from the University of Michigan, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Writing. After teaching in Chicago Public Schools as a Literacy Specialist, Deborah realized that writing and creating books for kids was how she wanted to spend her life. Marcero writes and illustrates her own books as well those for other authors.

  • """In a Jar"""
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • """My Heart is a Compass"""
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • -- Illinois Reads Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Illustrator

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

Backyard Witch: Jess's Story
ISBN: 0062338420 OCLC: 958351330

Jess is a superstar on the field and on the court. Soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis--you name it, she loves it. But she's a disaster in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her chef mother. When Jess's mom gets a chance to work in a famous kitchen for a week, Jess and her friends, Sadie and Maya, try to help out by making dinner. And ... let's just say that it goes up in flames. Enter Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears right when you need her! Ms. M is a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. She doesn't save the day herself, but she helps everyone save it for themselves.

Backyard Witch: Maya's Story
ISBN: 9780062338440 OCLC: 960030317

When Maya, who has been preparing for the school spelling bee for weeks, loses to Sadie, Ms. M the witch appears to help Maya deal with her jealousy and learn to be a good friend.

Backyard Witch: Sadie's Story
ISBN: 0062338390 OCLC: 955233462

When her two best friends take a vacation without her, nine-year-old Sadie meets a witch who takes her on a bird-watching adventure. Includes birding tips.

In a Jar
ISBN: 0525514597 OCLC: 1079410623

When Llewellyn, a little rabbit who collects ordinary things in jars, meets a young girl named Evelyn, he joins with her to capture the extraordinary.

My heart is a compass
ISBN: 9780316561761 OCLC: 999672080

Rose wants to bring something truly unique for show-and-tell, so she creates maps to explore her imagination in search of something no one has ever seen before--

Rosie and Crayon
ISBN: 9781441322876 OCLC: 984973031

When Rosie's dog Crayon dies all the color in her world seems to fade to grey, but after she helps a little boy find his cat she suddenly realizes her heart is open to love again, which helps bring the beautiful colors back into her life.

Twinderella :
ISBN: 0399176330 OCLC: 965154081

"In this twist on the classic tale, Cinderella and her less-famous twin sister Tinderella leave splitting everything in half behind when each finds her own Prince Charming (with a little magical help from their fairy god-mother)"--

Ursa's Light
ISBN: 9781441318817 OCLC: 920450490

One night Ursa the bear had an idea. An amazing idea. A wild idea. She was going to fly!--