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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Simone Schlechter

Genre: C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction

Born: 1970 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Elkeles was born and raised in the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Loyola University. She currently resides in Buffalo Grove.

Biographical and Professional Information

Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book ''Perfect Chemistry''. Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''How to Ruin'' Series''' *Popular Paperback for Young Adults, YALSA, 2013 *Illinois Read for a Lifetime Reading List, 2008-2009 *Teens Top Ten List, YALSA, 2007 *Silver medal in Multicultural Children's fiction, IPPY, 2007 *Finalist, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest *Finalist, National Readers Choice Awards *Finalist, Aspen Gold Book Awards *Remarkable Reads, School Library Journal *Winner, Chick Lit Stiletto Contest, 2004 *Young Adult book on the Anti-Defamation League website '''''Leaving Paradise'' Series''' *Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award list, 2010 *RITA Award Finalist for Young Adult Romance, 2008 *2007 Summer Picks List, Book Sense '''''Perfect Chemistry'' Series''' *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013 *New York Times Bestselling Series *Switzerland Bookstar Award, 2012 *Popular Paperback for Young Adults, YALSA, 2012 *Eliot Rosewater Book Award, Indiana High School, 2011-2012 *Abraham Lincoln Award List, 2011 *Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, YALSA, 2010 *RITA award winner for Best Young Adult Romance, Romance Writers of America, 2010 *Kentucky Bluegrass High School Book Award List, 2010 *Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award in the YA division, 2010-2011 *DAMA Award - Best Young Adult Romance in Spanish, Club Romantica, 2010 '''Body of Work''' *Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2008