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    About our Author
    Ann Manheimer
    Ann Manheimer is a writer and educator with a passion for stories and a background in law and journalism. She rediscovered the joy of young people's literature while reading to her own children, and now writes fiction and nonfiction for young people. Her works include middle-grade biographies and topical nonfiction anthologies for young adults. Her science fiction, fantasy, and realistic short stories have appeared in anthologies and literary journals. In addition to writing, she teaches in elementary schools, does school author visits, and speaks at conferences on both the craft and business of writing.
    5 questions for Ann Manheimer
    1.
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    There were so many! Some of those I remember best are not all that well known: Sydney Taylor's All of A Kind Family, Marjorie Fischer's The Red Feather, Eleanor Cameron's The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, and Jane Langton's The Diamond in the Window.
    2.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    "Exit, pursued by a bear," from Shakespeare's Winter's Tale. Okay, it's a play, not a book. But it is probably the most famous stage direction in literature, and that has to be good for something.
    3.
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    It depends on what day you ask. And what time of day. And what genre. And what criteria. That is to say, there's no real answer to that question other than a snapshot of a moment. So, for this moment, off the top of my head, there's Marcus Zusak, Katherine Paterson, and Phillip Pullman. Also Madeleine L'engle, Neil Gaiman, J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkein, Russell Banks, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Charlotte Bronte, George Elliott, William Shakespeare, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Arthur Rackham, Jan Brett, Patricia Polacco, William Steig, HA Rey, Margaret Wise Brown… You get the picture. Too many to name.
    4.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    Stories kept me company when I was little and felt lonely, and entertained me when I felt bored. I daydreamed my way through school and, of course, studied literature when I went to college. Even when I became a lawyer, it was the facts—the stories—that intrigued me. I love stories, both real and fictional, because they let me become many people. I'm fascinated by the myriad ways we humans live, think, react—and that's what story is about.
    5.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Read. Dream. Listen. Value your imagination. Never give up.