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Genre: C:ADULT C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction

Born: 1965 in Chicago, Illinois

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Van Draanen was born Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wendelin Van Draanen's family moved to California when she was very young and still resides there today. A former high-school math and computer science teacher, she has written ore than thirty novels for young readers and teens including her Edgar-winning ''Sammy Keyes'' series. Her book, ''Flipped'', was named a Top 100 Children's Novel for the 21st Century and became a Warner Brothers feature film in 2010. Besides being a prolific writer, Wendelin also coordinates the ''Exercise the Right to Read'' campaign with her husband, Mark Parsons.


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Awards

-- '''''Shredderman: Secret Identity''''' -- *Christopher Medal for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit.”

-- *Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education

-- *Editors Choice, Booklist

-- *Cuffie for Best New Series

-- *Best Book of the Year, Child Magazine

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-- '''''Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief ''''' -- *Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children's Mystery

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-- '''''Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Mustache Mary''''' -- *Quick Pick title, YALSA

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-- '''''Sammy Keys and the Hollywood Mummy''''' -- *Quick Pick title, YALSA

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-- '''''Sammy Keys and the Art of Deception''''' -- *Mystery Book of the Year, Disney Adventures

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-- '''''Flipped''''' -- *Top 100 Children's Novel for the 21st Century, School Library Journal

-- *Children's Choice Book, IRA/CBC

-- *Teacher's Choice Book, IRA/CBC

-- *Young Reader Medal Winner in the states of California, Nevada and Virginia

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-- '''''Swear to Howdy ''''' -- *Outstanding Achievement Award, Parent's Guide

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-- '''''The Running Dream''''' -- *Master List, Rebecca Caudill, 2014

-- *Schneider Family Award, ALA

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014

-- *Top 10 BFYA Book, YALSA

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection

-- *Top Ten Books, Amazon, 2011

-- *Bank Street Best Book

-- *Young Reader Medal Winner, in the states of Vermont, Utah, South Carolina and Nebraska