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Vivian Schurfranz

Born: 1925 in Mason City, Iowa
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Schurfranz moved to Wilmette, Illinois in 1967.

Biography: Schurfranz was a teacher and an author. She left teaching in 1961 to pursue a career in writing. She had a prolific career as a writer of historical fiction and historical romances for juveniles; publishing approximately 19 books and 50 short stories for magazines.

  • ''Renee'', RITA Award in 1990 for Best Book for Young Adults

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers

Vivian Schurfranz on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  A different kind of friend /
ISBN: 0590428780 OCLC: 21370362

Scholastic, New York : ©1990.

Leah does a school project about the eccentric Mrs. Fox, and the two of them become friends, but Leah's best friend, Roseanne, is jealous.

A message for General Washington /
ISBN: 1893110435 OCLC: 828733070

Twelve-year-old Hannah accepts the challenge of sneaking behind enemy lines to deliver a message to General Washington which will result in the British surrender at Yorktown.

Amanda, the cut-up
ISBN: 0590425552 OCLC: 20740361

Scholastic, New York : ©1989.

Amanda uses some of her magic tricks to make friends at her new school, but when she realizes she may lose her new best friend, she has second thoughts about being the class clown.

Another time, another love
ISBN: 0590509667 OCLC: 33376640

Scholastic, New York : ©1995.

While visiting a graveyard of Revolutionary War British soldiers, Cathy meets and falls in love with the ghost of Edward who takes her back to his world and wants her to stay.

ISBN: 0590336886 OCLC: 12611431

Scholastic, New York, NY : ©1985.

From Books Back Cover: Her brave heart is torn between two worlds. Every since blonde Cassie Stevens was captured by the Indians at the age of four she has loved her Iroquois family, and at fifteen she can shoot and ride as well as any warrior. Then her world is destroyed when passion drives her from the only home she knows. Where does Cassie truly belong? In the arms of the handsome and adventurous fur trapper Joshua, or in the town where she was born, with Ben who mistrusts her Indian spirit?

ISBN: 0590331566 OCLC: 11169335

Scholastic Inc., New York : ©1984.

ISBN: 0590407171 OCLC: 15639334

Scholastic, New York : ©1987.

In 1665, Heather Lawson and her father are being pushed off their land-grant property in New York. Who doesn't want them there? Could it be Heather's lover? Author was a member of the Evanston Township High School faculty.

ISBN: 0590402684 OCLC: 14159143

Scholastic, New York : ©1986.

Julie matures in a frontier town where her parents are working on the first transcontinental railroad and where she must choose between aristocratic Samuel and handsome Dylan. Author was a member of the faculty at Evanston Township High School.

ISBN: 059033381X OCLC: 11977249

Scholastic, New York : 1985.

ISBN: 0590338382 OCLC: 13078646

In 1867, 16-year-old Megan's family leaves Washington DC for the wilderness where she will be forced to choose between sons of feuding families.

ISBN: 0590410008 OCLC: 16516027

Scholastic, Inc., New York : ©1987.

Merrie, one of the Pilgrims, has 2 boys to choose from in this romance set in the time of the Mayflower landing.

ISBN: 0590418750 OCLC: 18590867

Scholastic, New York : 1988.

ISBN: 0590420437 OCLC: 19068940

Scholastic, New York, NY : ©1989.

Book Description: The Great Blizzard of 1888 makes her a heroine! More than anything, Renee wants to become a New York City newspaper reporter. Her family doesn't approve. But Nick, the young man they expect her to marry, understands. Or does he? One day, when handsome Steven Morison walks into her father's bicycle shop, Renee gets her chance. Steven's mother owns the New York Gazette. Steven gets Renee a job as a cub reporter. And he asks her out. Then the Great Blizzard of 1888 buries New York City with raging, icy winds and huge snowdrifts, some as high as buildings. Renee is the only reporter to make it to work, and she's told to cover the blizzard! Braving the dangerous, freezing streets, she becomes a heroine more than once. And her story is published - on the front page! She's on her way. Steven has asked her to marry him, and give up her job. She knows she loves him. But does real love mean giving up her dreams?

  Roman hostage /
ISBN: 0695805142 OCLC: 1601888

Follett Pub. Co., Chicago : [1975]

Unable to adjust to his life as a hostage in Constantinople, Ruric, a young Visigoth, escapes back to his tribe and participates in the battle that brought a major victory to his people.

  The castle murder
ISBN: 0590330470 OCLC: 10722530

Scholastic Inc., New York : ©1984.

While unwillingly spending her summer with her relatives at the de Laire castle in France, Nicole finds a very handsome friend, Michel and a valuable manuscript which may cost her life! Author was a faculty member at Evanston Township High School.

The mansion murder
ISBN: 0590332511 OCLC: 11475413

Scholastic Inc., New York : 1984.