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Caroline B. Cooney


Caroline B. Cooney

Award-winning author Caroline B. Cooney knows what young adults like to read. In fact, Cooney's all-time favorite fan letter came from a 12-year-old girl who hated reading. But after being forced to read one of Cooney's books, the girl admitted it had not been a waste of time and had even been enjoyable. "And so," wrote the girl, "I have come to an important decision. I am writing to tell you that I have decided to read a second book."

Caroline Cooney was born in 1947 and grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. This prolific author was always ambitious, and as a youth, loved school and was involved in many different activities. Cooney was also an avid reader and recalls that series books such as The Hardy Boys and Cherry Ames were her favorites. These characters had a big influence on her life, and in fact, she says that "Cherry Ames, Student Nurse was my reason to go to nursing school in Boston later in life." 

Cooney began writing in college. She professes, "I love writing and do not know why it is considered such a difficult, agonizing profession. I love all of it, thinking up the plots, getting to know the kids in the story, their parents, backyards, pizza toppings."

Cooney is a master of mixing spellbinding suspense with thought-provoking insight into teenagers' lives. One of her most popular books is THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON --- the gripping story of a young girl who discovers that the picture of a missing child on a milk carton is actually a picture of herself. After writing this book, Cooney received hundreds of letters from readers who were bothered by the ending. "It wasn't that they didn't like the ending, it was that they wanted some kind of resolution. Some said I should have written another chapter." However, Cooney says she liked leaving the reader worrying about the character just as they would a real person. But one day, her daughter, Sayre, had an idea for a sequel that was so good, Cooney had to write it. The book that evolved was called WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JANIE? Continuing where that novel leaves off, Cooney explores the themes of betrayal and peer pressure in THE VOICE ON THE RADIO. Concluding the Janie Quartet is WHAT JANIE FOUND, in which Cooney masterfully spins a suspenseful story of family secrets that will have readers captivated until the very last word.

Cooney's novel BURNING UP explores the destructive nature of hatred, the crime of indifference, and the power of accepting love and responsibility. 

In THE RANSOM OF MERCY CARTER, Cooney looks at an actual historic event that had been virtually unexplored in literature for young people. During a 1704 Indian attack on the Deerfield, Massachusetts, settlement, Mercy Carter is separated from her family and taken to a Kahnawake Indian village in Canada. As she awaits ransom, she discovers that the "savages" have traditions and family life that in time become her own.

Cooney completed her Time Travel Quartet with FOR ALL TIME. In her novel GODDESS OF YESTERDAY, Cooney brings ancient Greece to life through careful research and master storytelling.

Most recently Cooney's DIAMONDS IN THE SHADOW was named a 2008 ALA/YALSA Quick Pick and was a nominee for the Edgar Allen Poe Awards. Her latest gripping thriller, IF THE WITNESS LIED, details how love, devotion, and forgiveness make resilience --- and recovery --- possible.

Caroline B. Cooney

Books by Caroline B. Cooney

by Caroline B. Cooney - Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Shortly after the Allerdons arrive at their cozy family cottage on the river, Lander meets and is smitten with a handsome young man, and they begin to date. But Miranda has a bad feeling about her perfect sister’s new boyfriend. And when the cops come knocking on her family’s front door, Miranda can’t help feeling that Lander’s boyfriend has something to do with it. The police tell Miranda and her family that Lander has been arrested. But Miranda doubts the supposedly solid evidence they say they have against her sister and decides to dig deeper.

by Caroline B. Cooney - Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

In this riveting and emotional conclusion to the thriller-romance Janie series, that started with THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON, all will be revealed as readers find out if Janie and Reeve's love has endured, and whether or not the person who brought Janie and her family so much emotional pain and suffering is brought to justice.

by Caroline B. Cooney - Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Caroline B. Cooney investigates a number of different perspectives in THE LOST SONGS, giving readers an in-depth portrayal of a Southern community. As the book progresses, all of the characters’ lives intertwine as they each face their own different, but related, problems.

by Caroline B. Cooney - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Missy and her cousin Claire are best friends who finish each other’s sentences and practically read each other’s minds. It’s an eerie connection --- so eerie, in fact, that they decide to use a school project to uncover the truth.

by Caroline B. Cooney - Historical Fiction

Three girls witness the action of Shakespeares' play MACBETH firsthand, and their lives are forever changed because of it. When Lady Mary's father, Lord Cawdor, betrays the Scottish king and is hanged as a traitor, Mary has lost both her father and her future. She becomes a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth, a power-hungry couple who will do anything to get what they want and are willing to crush anyone in their way...including Mary. But can a lone girl save lives when a legion of Scottish lords cannot?

by Caroline B. Cooney - Fiction, Short Stories, Suspense, Young Adult 12+

Readers will be enthralled to discover what still matters to Janie, who was kidnapped as a toddler and reunited with her birth family as a teenager, and who may still be in danger as a young woman. Whether readers are fans of the Janie books or are new to the series, this tightly spun thriller is guaranteed to please.