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Melanie Weiss

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Connection to Illinois: Weiss lives in Oak Park.

Biography: Melanie Weiss is the author of Young Adult social issue books.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Crossing Lines
ISBN: 0988609851 OCLC: 1183789517

Rosehip Publishing 2020

Midwestern high school seniors and swim teammates Alli and Brandon are the perfect couple, enjoying their final months of high school and making big plans for the future. When a horrific school shooting sparks a national movement, Alli gets involved with protests in support of gun control legislation, while Brandon defends his pro-gun beliefs and stays on the sidelines. These shifting priorities lead Alli and Brandon to question not only each other but their worldviews, as they begin to stand up for something bigger than themselves for the first time--Back cover.

Oliver's Birthday and the Robin's Nest
ISBN: 0988609878 OCLC: 1252970613

Rosehip Publishing 2020

What kid doesn't want to have an epic birthday party? Seven-year-old Oliver has always wanted an awesome party, but because his birthday is on the Fourth of July, his friends are busy celebrating America’s birthday. For his eighth birthday, Oliver’s family plans a Pirate Ship Bouncy House party for him two weeks early, so all of his friends can attend, dressed in pirate gear, of course! But then there’s a new problem. A mommy robin builds a nest and lays her eggs tucked in the greenery on Oliver’s back deck, just inches from the spot on the driveway where the birthday Pirate Ship Bouncy House will sit. While Oliver is mad, his older sister becomes the robins’ biggest fan and teaches Oliver all about them, winning him over. After the bird babies hatch, Oliver wants to help protect the robin family. But can he still have the amazing birthday party he has dreamed about for so long?This sweet, engaging tale tells Oliver’s story of friendship, selflessness, respecting nature, and how making a change, even an unwanted one, can lead to surprises and rewarding results.

ISBN: 0988609835 OCLC: 1109728471

Rosehip Publishing 2019

High school freshman, Roman Santi, has everything--except the kind of relationship he wants with his father. But when his life gets turned upside down and Roman is forced to leave his home in Hollywood to live with his grandparents in the midwest, Roman thinks nothing could be worse. But his pink-haired friend, Zuzu, and his crush, Claire, introduce him to performance poetry, and his view of the world begins to change.