Joan Bauer

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General Information

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Name: Joan Bauer

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1951 in Oak Park, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Bauer was born in Oak Park and grew up in River Forest, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joan Bauer worked as a freelancer for broadcast and television before she started writing children’s books. Her first book was an immediate success and received several awards. Joan Bauer currently resides in New York.

Published Works

  • Squashed, Delacorte, 1992
  • Thwonk, Delacorte, 1995
  • Sticks, Delacorte, 1996
  • Rules of the Road, Putnam, 1998
  • Backwater, Putnam, 1999
  • Hope Was Here, Putnam, 2000
  • Stand Tall, Putnam, 2002
  • Best Foot Forward, Putnam, 2008
  • Peeled, Putnam, 2008
  • Close to Famous, Viking, 2011
  • Almost Home, Viking, 2012
  • Tell Me, Viking, 2014
  • Soar, Viking, 2016

Titles at Your Library

Rules of the Road

ISBN: 0606343520
Release Date: 2005-11

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Hope Was Here

ISBN: 0142404241
Release Date: 2005-06-02

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ISBN: 0142414301
Release Date: 2009-06-25

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Almost Home

ISBN: 0670012890
Release Date: 2012-09-13

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ISBN: 0451470346
Release Date: 2016-01-05

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Literary Awards


  • Delacorte Prize for an Outstanding First Young Adult Novel
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year


  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Young Adults
  • YALSA Popular Paperback


  • Smithsonian Magazine Best Book

Hope Was Here

  • Newbery Honor Award
  • Christopher Award
  • Michigan’s Thumbs Up Award
  • M. Jerry Weiss Reading Award
  • ALA Notable Book

Stand Tall

  • ALA Notable Book

Best Foot Forward

  • NY Library Association, Book for All Seasons
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Rules of the Road

  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • ALA Top Young Adult Books of the Quarter Century
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize
  • Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • ALA Notable Book
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Pick
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists”
  • BCCB Blue Ribbon Book

Close to Famous

  • American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award
  • Christopher Award
  • Judy Lopez Memorial Prize

Almost Home

  • Texas Lone Star Book
  • 2013 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact author by writing to:

Joan Bauer

c/o Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers

345 Hudson St.

NY NY 10014

External Links

Joan Bauer on WorldCat


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