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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Ann Rodman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1954 in Washington, D.C.


-- Mary Ann Rodman on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mary+ann+rodman


Illinois Connection

Mary Ann grew up in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Ann has a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College. She has held a variety of jobs ranging from community theater director to church youth coordinator but has been primarily a children's librarian. Mary Ann now lives in Georgia.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

My Best Friend
ISBN: 0142408069

Puffin Books. 2007

It's summer, and Lily spends lots of time at the community pool, where she sees Tamika. Lily decides that Tamika will be her new best friend. Only, Tamika already has a best friend, and no matter how hard Lily tries, she can't seem to impress Tamika. But without Tamika, who will be Lily's best friend? With beautiful watercolor art and poignant text, this author and illustrator create a timeless story about the difficulties of finding a friend.

Jimmy's Stars
ISBN: 0374337039

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 2008

It’s September 1943, and eleven-year-old Ellie McKelvey’s older brother, Jimmy, has just been drafted. Jimmy has a joyful heart and a kind word for everyone, and he’s the only person who thinks Ellie is smart and funny and as beautiful as Lana Turner, the movie star. Ellie can hardly stand to see him go. With Jimmy gone, Aunt Toots moves into his bedroom, Ellie’s mother takes a war job at a factory, and everything in Ellie’s life seems upside down. But she figures that the war will be over and Jimmy home by Christmas, so as much as she misses him, she keeps her spirits up. Even as families in the neighborhood begin to receive telegrams informing them that their boys are wounded or worse, Ellie never stops believing in Jimmy.

In her second work of historical fiction, Mary Ann Rodman captures all the authentic details of life on the homefront during World War II, as well as the fierce love a sister has for her beloved big brother.

Jimmy's Stars is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

First Grade Stinks!
ISBN: 1561454621

Peachtree Publishers. 2008

IT IS THE FIRST DAY of school and Hayley is excited. Things are different now. She isn't a kindergartener anymore

she is a bigger kid. She is a first grader.

Hayley quickly finds out that first grade is different from kindergarten, but in all the wrong ways! The classroom isn't as bright and colorful. Ms. Gray doesn't seem to smile as much as her kindergarten teacher Ms. Lacey did. The work is hard and there isn't enough time to play outside. Worst of all, her best friend Ryan says he likes first grade! Finally, Hayley has had enough. "First grade stinks!" she shouts. The classroom is suddenly very quiet. "You're in trouble now," Ryan whispers. But to Hayley's surprise Ms. Gray doesn't look mad at all.

Young readers will immediately empathize with Hayley and her increasing apprehension, as she tries to negotiate new expectations and challenges on the first day of a new school year.

Yankee Girl
ISBN: 0312535767

Square Fish. 2008

An unflinching story about racism and culture clash in the 1960s.

The year is 1964, and Alice Ann Moxley's FBI-agent father has been reassigned from Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi, to protect black people who are registering to vote. Alice finds herself thrust into the midst of the racial turmoil that dominates current events, especially when a Negro girl named Valerie Taylor joins her sixth-grade class -- the first of two black students at her new school because of a mandatory integration law.

When Alice finds it difficult to penetrate the clique of girls at school she calls the Cheerleaders (they call her Yankee Girl), she figures Valerie, being the other outsider, will be easier to make friends with. But Valerie isn't looking for friends. Rather, Valerie silently endures harassment from the Cheerleaders, much worse than what Alice is put through. Soon Alice realizes the only way to befriend the girls is to seem like a co-conspirator in their plans to make Valerie miserable.

It takes a horrible tragedy for her to realize the complete ramifications of following the crowd instead of her heart.

Surprise Soup
ISBN: 067006274X

Viking Books for Young Readers. 2009

Mama had a baby last night. ?Is it a boy or a girl?? I ask Daddy. ?It?s a surprise, Kevie,? he says. ?You?ll fi nd out when they come home.? ?When is that?? I ask. ?Tonight,? says Daddy.

Kevie is excited that he?ll no longer be the littlest. Little brothers get teased. Little brothers make messes. Big brothers help out. Big brothers know how to do things. Daddy, big brother Josh, and Kevie are making Mama?s special soup to welcome her and the new baby home. But only Kevie knows the secret ingredient.

Absolutely irresistible illustrations and a funny, read-aloud text make this book just right for little brothers, big brothers?and their parents.

A Tree for Emmy
ISBN: 1561454753

Peachtree Publishers. 2009

Emmy loves trees. She loves oak trees with acorns. She loves pine trees with cones, and willow trees with swishy branches. But best of all, Emmy loves the mimosa tree that grows in her grandmother s pasture. Emmy swings on its branches, plays with its fuzzy pink blossoms, and rattles its seedpods like maracas. But when Emmy decides she wants a mimosa tree of her own for her birthday, she is dismayed to find that many grown-ups do not share her enthusiasm. Garden stores only sell ornamental trees like plum or pear or tulip trees. Emmy is crushed until she discovers that the answer to her problem is growing right before her eyes!

This joyful story of a spirited young girl s steadfast affection for a wild mimosa tree will appeal to all who cherish a special dream, and will help readers appreciate the natural world around them. Illustrator Tatjana Mai-Wyss s whimsical watercolor and collage illustrations capture Emmy s exuberant personality and the story s hopeful ending.

Camp K-9
ISBN: 156145561X

Peachtree Publishers. 2011

Yip yip hooray!

Roxie and her fellow dog campers are headed to Camp K-9 for all kinds of doggy fun. But Roxy has a secret: she s brought her blankie in her Pooch Pouch. If the other campers find out, they ll call her a puppy. Even worse, a mean Standard Poodle named Lucy seems determined to cause trouble and if Lucy sniffs out her secret, Roxy will really be in the doghouse.

All through the Camp K-9 activities, from Mutt Hutt high-jinks to Chow Hall chow-downs, from Splash Pals to Pup & Paddle, from building bone and stick houses in Barks & Crafts, to fur-raising tellings of The Haunted Mail Truck around the campfire , Roxie and her friends cower from the fearsome Lucy. Then Roxie discovers that Lucy has a secret, too...


Awards

Charlotte Zolotow Award , ''My Best Friend''

2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, ''Jimmy's Star''

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