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Name:  Mary Frances Zambreno  

Pen Name: Robyn Tallis, Jessie Maguire, Nicholas Adams

Genre: Children Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1954 in Oak Park, Illinois

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*Born in Oak Park, Illinois*Currently she teaches a wide variety of courses at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois

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Titles At Your Library

A Plague of Sorcerers
ISBN: 0152624309

Harcourt Childrens Books. 1991

Newly apprenticed wizard Jermyn Graves races against time to learn to control his own magical powers and to solve the secret of a mysterious magical plague that has struck down the local wizards before it is too late

Journeyman Wizard
ISBN: 0786811277

Hyperion. 1996

When Jermyn goes to Land's End to study wizardry under the famous spellmaker Lady Jean Allons, he finds his lessons disrupted by magical mayhem and a mysterious murder.

Fire Bird (Voyage of the Basset)
ISBN: 0375811095

Random House Books for Young Readers. 2001

Oberon, the lord of the Lands of Legend, sends the Basset on an urgent mission, to find an engineer in the mortal world to help rebuild the great Pharos lighthouse. The Basset returns with an engineer, his daughter, and a young boy. But what no one yet understands is that the fate of the ancient beacon of light is forever tied to the long lost bird of the sun, the Phoenix.

Invisible Pleasures
ISBN: 0961035242

American Fantasy Press. 2005

Mary Frances Zambreno's stories of powerful, intuitive women have engaged readers young and old for over twenty years. Invisible Pleasures is a gathering of the best of her adult and young adult short fiction with four new stories for her fans.

Queens, healers, witches, adventurers, students, young girls and others are the focus of these tales. Zambreno's protagonists are always pushed to the limit, finding their individual strength and resolve though adversity. Whether they occupy the author's home of Chicago or the worlds of fairie, their journeys take place in a hostile world, whose threats are conquered by clear thinking, intellect and courage.

At their heart, Zambreno's stories are puzzles whose clever resolutions surprise and amaze the readers who have grown to love them. With a deft hand she misdirects, teaches and astounds in stories that flow as easily as water. American Fantasy is proud to publish this collection which we are sure will become one of your favorites.



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