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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Marion Dane Bauer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Fiction & Non-Fiction

Born: 1938 in Oglesby, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Bauer was born and raised in Oglesby.

Biographical and Professional Information

Since 1976, Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than seventy books for young people from novelty books, picture books and early readers through writing guides and novels. She has won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor in 1987 for her book ''On My Honor'' and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages and she edited the award-winning book, ''Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence''. Bauer was educated at LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, the University of Missouri and the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated in 1962. She has taught English at a Wisconsin high school and classes in creative writing in Minnesota.Marion has long been a writing teacher as well as a writer. Her book ''What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction'' is used by adults wanting to write for children as well as by young writers. She was the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College, developing the first Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.Bauer now lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.


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