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Mary Ann Rodman

Born: 1954 in Washington, D.C.
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Mary Ann grew up in Chicago, Illinois.

Biography: Mary Ann has a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College. She has held a variety of jobs ranging from community theater director to church youth coordinator but has been primarily a children's librarian. Mary Ann now lives in Georgia.

  • -- Charlotte Zolotow Award , ''My Best Friend''
  • -- 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, ''Jimmy's Star''

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers

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Selected Titles

A tree for Emmy /
ISBN: 1561454753 OCLC: 255012716

Peachtree, Atlanta : ©2009.

Emmy loves the mimosa tree in her grandmother's yard and asks for one for her birthday, only to find that stores do not sell wild trees.

Camp K-9 /
ISBN: 156145561X OCLC: 654314889

Peachtree, Atlanta : c2011.

Roxie is keeping a secret from her fellow campers--a blankie that she keeps hidden but wants desperately every time Lucy, a big, mean poodle, causes trouble.

First grade stinks! /
ISBN: 1561454621 OCLC: 227031646

Peachtree, Atlanta, Ga. : 2008, ©2006.

First-grader Haley wishes she were back having fun in kindergarten with her old teacher, until she finds out that first-grade is special, too.

Jimmy's stars /
ISBN: 0374337039 OCLC: 86109697

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York : 2008.

In 1943, eleven-year-old Ellie is her brother Jimmy's "best girl," and when he leaves Pittsburgh just before Thanksgiving to fight in World War II, he promises he will return, asks her to leave the Christmas tree up until he does, and reminds her to "let the joy out."

My best friend /
ISBN: 0142408069 OCLC: 56733496

Viking, New York : 2005.

Six-year-old Lily has a best friend all picked out for play group day, but unfortunately the differences between first-graders and second-graders are sometimes very large.

Surprise soup /
ISBN: 067006274X OCLC: 233813707

Viking, New York : 2009.

When Kevie's mother has a baby, Kevie, his older brother, and their father make soup for when the new baby comes home.

Yankee girl
ISBN: 9781409590774 OCLC: 890939279

Yankee girl /
ISBN: 0312535767 OCLC: 231582938

Square Fish, New York : 2009.

When her FBI-agent father is transferred to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964, eleven-year-old Alice wants to be popular but also wants to reach out to the one black girl in her class in a newly-integrated school.