Individual Author Record
Name: Mary Ann RodmanPen 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 ConnectionMary Ann grew up in Chicago, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationMary 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.
- My Best Friend (Illustrated by E.B.Lewis), Puffin, 2007
- Jimmy's Star, Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2008
- First Grade Stinks! (Illustrated by Beth Spiegel), Peachtree Publishers, 2008
- Yankee Girl, Square Fish, 2008
- Surprise soup (Illustrated byG. Brian Karas) , Viking Juvenile, 2009
- A Tree for Emmy (Illustrated byTatjana Mai-Wyss) , Peachtree Publishers, 2009
- Camp K-9 (Illustrated by Nancy Hayashi), Peachtree Publishers, 2011
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.
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 Publishing Company. 2008 No share time! Only one recess! Writing is hard! The stories don’t end right! FIRST GRADE STINKS!
It is the first day of school and Hayley is excited. Things are different now. 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 did, and there isn’t enough time to play outside. Finally, Hayley has had enough. “First grade stinks!” she shouts. The classroom is suddenly very quiet. 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 explores new expectations and challenges on the first day of a new school year.
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.
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 Publishing Company. 2009 “I declare, Emmy,” said Gramma. “That mimosa tree is a lot like you. Stubborn and strong and a little bit wild.”
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. So when Emmy decides she wants a mimosa tree of her own for her birthday, she is dismayed to find that many 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!
Mary Ann Rodman’s joyful story will appeal to all who cherish a special dream, and 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.
ISBN: 156145561X Peachtree Publishing Company. 2011 When Roxie heads off to Camp K-9 for a fun-filled summer, she’s terrified that the poodle bully may discover her secret. But maybe some of the other dogs have secrets too.
Roxie is excited to be going away to camp, but scared that the other dogs will find out she’s brought her blankie along in her Pooch Pouch. If the other campers find out, they’ll call her a scaredy-cat. Even worse, a mean bully named Lucy seems determined to cause trouble.
Mary Ann Rodman’s lighthearted but meaningful story of summer, secrets, and friendship is complemented by Nancy Hayashi’s warm, humorous illustrations that are sure to comfort anyone who has ever dealt with a bully.