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Ellen Wittlinger

Biography

Ellen Wittlinger

Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels HEART ON MY SLEEVE, THE LONG NIGHT OF LEO AND BREE, RAZZLE, WHAT'S IN A NAME, and HARD LOVE (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and a Booklist Editors' Choice). She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former children's librarian, she lives with her husband in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels HEART ON MY SLEEVE, THE LONG NIGHT OF LEO AND BREE, RAZZLE, WHAT'S IN A NAME, and HARD LOVE (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and a Booklist Editors' Choice). She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former children's librarian, she lives with her husband in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

Ellen Wittlinger writes: "I began with the idea of having a teenager travel cross country. I knew Robin would be mourning the immediate loss of her longtime boyfriend, but I stumbled on the idea of having her deal with her difficult, truly mourning cousins. The idea of the 'journey' novel during which the actual traveling echoes an inward journey is not new, but it's effective, I think, because it's so often true. Traveling takes you out of your usual routine and allows you to see other options for your life."

Ellen Wittlinger

Books by Ellen Wittlinger

by Ellen Wittlinger - Fiction, Young Adult 13+

They are four best friends who've shared joy and secrets, love and memories, and since the beginning, Lorna was the one who held them all together. During a storm, Lorna is swept out to sea, leaving the three survivors with nothing to cling to except grief and questions. Why was Lorna in such danger, and was she alone? When her body is never found, the mystery deepens. Did Lorna really die?  Inevitably, the dynamic of the four friends' everyday life is changed forever. But the pain and confusion go deepest for Jackie, who must face her feelings of unrequited love for Lorna's boyfriend as well as try to put to rest her own questions about Lorna's presumed death. Will Lorna's fate ever be discovered? And how will Jackie become her own person in the wake of a wound that may never close?

by Ellen Wittlinger - Fiction

One of the first novels for young people to explore transgender issues, PARROTFISH by acclaimed writer Ellen Wittlinger tells the story of a courageous individual who dares to show the world his true self --- and by doing so, he discovers who his real friends are.

by Ellen Wittlinger - Fiction

After Liz Scattergood's grandmother dies, her mother spirals into a depression and then starts attending a spiritualist church --- which drives Liz's atheist dad away from her mom and their family. Liz turns to her new neighbor, Nathan, who is dealing with his own mother's terminal cancer, and together they help each other cope. This moving novel explores how a loved one's death impacts those who are left behind.