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    Lerner Publishing Group > Author-Illustrator-Details
    About our Author
    Jane O'Reilly
    Jane O'Reilly lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, dog, and cat in a hundred-year-old house that creaks in the night.
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year
    Independent Publisher Book Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year
    5 questions for Jane O'Reilly
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    I know I loved Charlotte’s Web enough to name my first pet, a kitten, Fern, but the book that haunts me, in a good way, is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. The idea of “home” is a very important theme to me.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    “It amazes me what humans can do. . .” and “I am haunted by humans,” both from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    A.A. Milne and E.B. White for the achievement of literary playfulness; Kate DiCamillo for masterful simplicity and zeroing in the human heart and Markus Zusak for stunning, provocative language, ideation and storytelling.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    I have always loved stories—in every form, from recapped days at the dinner table to movies and all kinds of books. And I love words—how they sound, how they’re spelled, how they’re grouped together to reveal thoughts and emotions and create ideas. Stories to tell plus words to play with equals writing.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Write from the heart and never, ever give up on your dreams.