Illinois Authors

The Illinois Center for the Book banner

Brenda A. Ferber

Born: 1967 in Skokie, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Ferber was born in Skokie and grew up in Highland Park. She now lives and works in Deerfield.

Biography: Brenda Ferber graduated from the University of Michigan. She started out writing stories that were accepted by ''Ladybug'' magazine. In 2004, she submitted her first novel, then called ''Cara's Kitchen'', to the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition, which she won. The manuscript was accepted for publication by Farrar Straus & Giroux, which published the book as ''Julia's Kitchen'' in 2006.

  • '''''The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine's Day Ever'''''
  • -- Kirkus Starred Review '''''Julia's Kitchen'''''
  • -- Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner under the title ''Cara's Kitchen'', 2004
  • -- As a result, the title was changed and it went on to be published as '

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Young adult readers

Brenda A. Ferber on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Jemma Hartman, camper extraordinaire /
ISBN: 0374336725 OCLC: 234073662

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York : 2009.

Spending the summer after fifth grade at Camp Star Lake in Wisconsin, Jemma discovers the joy of sailing and learns a lesson about friendship.

Julia's kitchen
ISBN: 9781466890053 OCLC: 900082261

Cara Segal is a born worrier. She figures her worrying works like a whisper in God's ear ⁰́₃ if Cara's concerned about car crashes, kidnappings, or murders, she lets God know, and he alwaysspares her. But Cara never thought to worry about a fire. And one night while she's sleeping at a friend's house, her house catches fire, and her mother and younger sister are both killed.Throughout shiva, the initial Jewish mourning period, Cara can't help wondering about God's role in the tragedy. And what is her father's role in her life now? He walks around like a ghostand refuses to talk about the fire. Cara longs for her family and her home, where sweet smells filled the house as Cara's mom filled orders for her catering business, Julia's Kitchen. Then oneday a call comes in for a cookie order, and Cara gets a wild idea. Maybe by bringing back Julia's Kitchen, she can find a way to reconnect with everything she's lost.Complete with a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, this debut novel is a joyous tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit. Julia's Kitchen is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Julia's kitchen /
ISBN: 0374399328 OCLC: 58647979

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York : 2006.

When her mother and younger sister are killed in a house fire, eleven-year-old Cara struggles to find a way to deal with her emotions and to reach out to her grieving father.

The yuckiest, stinkiest, best valentine ever
ISBN: 9780147517098 OCLC: 900623655

A young boy named Leon pursues a runaway Valentine meant for his true love, Zoey Maloney.

The yuckiest, stinkiest, best Valentine ever /
ISBN: 0803735057 OCLC: 774212516

Dial Books for Young Readers, New York : 2012.

A young boy named Leon pursues a runaway Valentine meant for his true love, Zoey Maloney.