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Alyssa Wees

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Wees earned an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago.

Biography: Alyssa Wees wrote a lot of stories about her Beanie Babies when she was growing up. She has earned a BA in English from Creighton University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Currently she works as an assistant librarian in youth services at a public library.

  • """The Waking Forest"""
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus, 2019
  • -- Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2019
  • -- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers


Selected Titles

The waking forest /
ISBN: 0525581162 OCLC: 1041199105

"When the lives of a girl, who has terrifying visions, and a witch, who grants wishes to children in the woods, collide in the most unexpected of ways, a dark, magical truth threatens to doom them both"--