Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen ("Van Draw-nen") has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes mystery series, and wrote Flipped which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ and became a Warner Brothers feature film. Her latest book, Hope in the Mail, is part writing guide, part memoir, and is designed to encourage aspiring writers to "dream big, work hard, and not give up." Her other stand-alone titles include Wild Bird, The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Swear to Howdy, and The Running Dream which was awarded ALA’s Schneider Family Award for its portrayal of the disability experience. Van Draanen has also created two four-book series for younger readers. The Shredderman books--featuring a boy who deals with a bully and adapted by Nickelodeon as a TV movie--received the Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit,” and The Gecko & Sticky books, which are fun read-alouds, perfect for reluctant readers. Van Draanen's upcoming YA novel--The Peach Rebellion--will be released in May 2022. A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Van Draanen is married to Mark Huntley Parsons, also an author. They have two sons. Find her on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter at @WendelinVanD
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