Authors' Corner

MEET THE AUTHORS
AND THE BOOKS THAT CMS STUDENTS
LIKE TO READ


Click on each picture to go to that authors web site.


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Rob Buyea

While teaching elementary school Rob Buyea soon realized that in order to teach reading and writing, he needed to be a reader and writer first. He began reading all sorts of wonderful books.  Then he began writing. He is the author of the “Mr. Terupt” books of student-teacher relationships. 

He wrote, “Pay attention to the world around you, stories are everywhere. And if you have a story, you have something to write about."    

He taught third and fourth grade in Connecticut for six years before moving to Northfield Mount Hermon, where he spent the next seven years teaching high school biology. Throughout his teaching career, he was also on the mat coaching high school wrestling.

 Currently, he lives in North Andover, MA with his wife and three daughters where he is working as a full-time writer.

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Kim Baker

Kim Baker lives in a creaky old house in Seattle with one husband, two kids, and an abundance of animals. Really. They just keep arriving with suitcases.

 Before that, she lived in 6 states and 3 countries. she lived above a movie theatre, in a very old hotel next to some castle ruins, and in a desert where she checked her shoes for scorpions.

Kim was born in Wyoming, but grew up all over. Her mom is Mexican-American and her dad is Anglo.She spent a lot of time in the principal’s office in school. A lot.

She likes to read, make things with her hands, cook, watch baseball, and goof off.

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     Kate Klise

Name: Kate Klise
Occupation: writer
Birthday: April 13
Place: Peoria, Illinois
Current residence: a 40-acre farm
in the Missouri Ozarks
Education: Marquette University
Favorite song: “Wichita Lineman" by Jimmy Webb
Favorite book: Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
Favorite artists: M. Sarah Klise and Pierre Bonnard
Favorite things to do: read, write, laugh, hike, travel, get lost in unfamiliar places

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Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia and a full-timewriter since 2001.

Garth’s books include the award-winning young adult fantasy novelsSabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; the dystopian novel Shade’s Children; the spaceopera A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald.

His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books ofThe Seventh Tower sequence; TheKeys to the Kingdom series; and the Troubletwisters series and Spirit Animals: Blood Ties(co-written with Sean Williams). Garth’s next book, Clariel, is a prequel to the Old Kingdom trilogy,to be released in October 2014.

More than five million copies of his books have been sold aroundthe world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The Australian, and his workhas been translated into 40 languages.

He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.

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                                     Kiera Cass
 

Kiera is a graduate ofRadford University with a B.S. in History. She grew up in South Carolina andcurrently lives in Christiansburg, Virginia with her electrical engineer hubby,car-obsessed son, and princess-loving daughter. She’s a #1 New York Timesbestseller. She is also a valued customer at her local cupcake shop.

Things she hates:  When people fail to useturn signals, flying, salads.

Things I love:  Office supplies, boybands, desserts.

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Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of four #1 New York Times bestselling series: Percy Jackson and the Olympus and The Heroes of Olympus, based on Greek and Roman mythology; The Kane Chronicles, based on Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology.

His two Greek myth collections, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, were #1 New York Times best-sellers as well.

Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of four #1 New York Times bestselling series: Percy Jackson and the Olympus and The Heroes of Olympus, based on Greek and Roman mythology; The Kane Chronicles, based on Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology.

His two Greek myth collections, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, were #1 New York Times best-sellers as well.


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Ally Carter

Ally was born and raised in Oklahoma.  Her mother was a teacher and her father a farmer andrancher and she has one older sister.

She attended Oklahoma StateUniversity and Cornell University and worked for several years in theagricultural industry before writing full-time.

Some of the books she has writteninclude: Cheating at Solitaire, Learning to Play Gin, TheGallagher Girls novels, Heist Society, Double-Crossed and EmbassyRow series.

“I am one of the luckiest peoplein the world, and today, I’m able to do the job I wanted to do when I was akid, and I am back living in Oklahoma.” – Ally Carter

 



 JEFF KINNEY

    Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In 2009, Jeff was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons. Visit Jeff's website for a further look at his biography and the works of Jeff Kinney by clicking on his picture.

 


JOHN R. ERICKSON

 

     John Richard Erickson was born in Midland, Texas, on October 20, 1943, to Joseph W. Erickson and Anna Beth Curry Erickson, the youngest of three children.  In 1946, the family moved to Perryton, Texas, in the northeastern Texas Panhandle.
    
His talent for writing went unnoticed until his senior year in high school, when his English teacher, Annie Love, made the class write an original poem.  Erickson found that it was easy for him.  For the rest of the year, he stayed up late at night, writing poems for Mrs. Love. 
    
 At University of Texas, he met his future wife, Kristine Dykema, and they were married in Dallas in 1967.
    
Publishers Weekly calls the Hank the Cowdog series a "grassroots publishing phenomena,” and, to date, the series has sold over 8 million copies . 
    Check out "Hank's Webpage" for a look at all his books and more about John R. Erickson. Just click on John's picture.

 


Hunger Games Author

    Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the critically acclaimed Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! Most recently she was the Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford’s Puppy Days.
    
While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! she met children’s author James Proimos, who talked her into giving children’s books a try.
    Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part fantasy/
war series, The Underland Chronicles.
    She currently lives in Connecticut with her family and a pair of feral kittens they adopted from their backyard.
    Click on Suzanne's picture to view more about her collection of books.

 


Author of Found

    Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois. 
    
She has since written more than 25 books for kids and teens, including Running Out of Time; Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey; Leaving Fishers; Just Ella; Turnabout; Takeoffs and Landings; The Girl with 500 Middle Names; Because of Anya; Escape from Memory; Say What?; The House on the Gulf; Double Identity; Dexter the Tough; Uprising; Palace of Mirrors; Claim to Fame; the Shadow Children series; and the Missing series. She also wrote Into the Gauntlet, the tenth book in the 39 Clues series. Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and more than a dozen state reader’s choice awards.
    
Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio, with their two children. 
    View more of Haddix's works by clicking on her picture to follow to her website.