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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  M (Mary) Sarah Klise  

Pen Name: Sarah Klise

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1962 in Peoria, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.kateandsarahklise.com/
-- M (Mary) Sarah Klise on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=m+%28mary%29+sarah+klise


Illinois Connection

Born and raised in Peoria, Sarah now lives in California.

Biographical and Professional Information

M. (Mary) Klise has illustrated several humerous children's literature titles in collaboration with her sister, Catherine "Kate" Klise. Their Regarding series is presented in a scrapbook style format, with letters, journal entries, and related ephemera telling the story. The third of six children born to educational film producer Thomas and Marjorie Klise. Raised in Peoria, Illinois, she attended Marquette University.


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Titles At Your Library

Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road)
ISBN: 0547398484

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2010

Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer’s block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It’s hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man—and the abandoned kid? Well, let's just say his last name's Hope.

Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise, the creators of the award-winning Regarding the . . . series, offer up this volume in a clever epistolary series told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, a work-in-progress manuscript, and even an occasional tombstone engraving.

Over My Dead Body (43 Old Cemetery Road)
ISBN: 015205734X

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2009

The International Movement for the Safety & Protection Of Our Kids & Youth (IMSPOOKY) dictates that Seymour cannot live in the mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road "without the benefit of parents." Ignatius B. Grumply tries to explain to Dick Tater, the head of IMSPOOKY, that he and Seymour are in a lovely living (and publishing!) arrangement with the ghost of Olive C. Spence. Dick Tater is not convinced. But this clever trio can’t be broken up as easily as he imagines . . .
This companion to Dying to Meet You, the first book in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, is another spooky tale told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, and television scripts.

Regarding the Fountain
ISBN: 0380793474

HarperCollins. 1999

The Dry Creek Middle School drinking fountain has sprung a leak, so principal Walter Russ dashes off a request to Flowing Waters Fountains, Etc.

...We need a new drinking fountain. Please send a catalog.

Designer Flo Waters responds:

"I'd be delighted...but please understand that all of my fountains are custom-made."

Soon the fountain project takes on a life of its own, one chronicled in letters, postcards, memos, transcripts, and official documents. The school board president is up in arms. So is Dee Eel, of the water-supply company. A scandal is brewing, and Mr. Sam N.'s fifth grade class is turning up a host of hilarious secrets buried deep beneath the fountain.

Shall I Knit You a Hat?: A Christmas Yarn
ISBN: 031237139X

Square Fish. 2007

"Shall I knit you a hat to keep your ears warm?"

To protect his ears from the cold and snow, Mother Rabbit knits Little Rabbit a hat. He loves his hat so much, he and his mother make them for all of his friends.

Grounded
ISBN: 0312570392

Feiwel & Friends. 2010

A middle grade novel about a 12-year-old girl dealing with loss, who uncovers a rather grisly scam involving a crematorium.

After her brother, sister, and father die in a plane crash, Daralynn Oakland receives 237 dolls from well-wishers, resulting in her nickname: Dolly. But dolls are little comfort to a twelve-year-old girl whose world is rocked by the dramatic changes in her life, including her angry, grieving mother's new job as a hairstylist at the local funeral home.

Dolly gets a job, too, where she accidentally invents a fashionable new haircut. But in Grounded by Kate Klise, her real work begins when a crematorium comes to town, and someone has to save a dying business, solve a burning mystery, and resuscitate the broken hearts in Digginsville, Missouri, population 402.

Letters from Camp
ISBN: 0380793482

HarperCollins. 2000

Mom and Dad,
You've got to get us out of here! When you get this letter, COME IMMEDIATELY!
-- Charlie

The brother-sister pairs who arrive for the summer at Camp Happy Harmony are almost too busy fighting with each other to notice how strange the camp really is. Not only are the campers forced to wear bizarre uniforms, eat gross food, and do chores all day, but the members of the family that runs the camp fight constantly--with each other. Are the campers in danger? Or--in spite of sibling wars--do they need to stick together to solve the mystery humming under the surface of Camp Happy Harmony?

Regarding the Bathrooms: A Privy to the Past
ISBN: 0152051643

Harcourt Children's Books. 2006

Poor Principal Walter Russ. He's desperate for designer Florence Waters to renovate the school’s disgusting basement bathrooms, and the stress is causing him to get, ahem, all clogged up. Luckily, during their stressful summer school internships, the sixth graders uncover the perfect way for everyone to relax: by enjoying an ancient Roman spa and bath buried in the school’s basement! The fourth book in the Regarding the . . . series overflows with toilet humor. In their award-winning style that features newspaper spreads, letters, ads, and puns galore, the fabulous Klise sisters have created an unforgettable story about persistance, friendship, and learning to relax a little!



Regarding the Trees: A Splintered Saga Rooted in Secrets
ISBN: 0152060901

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2007

Principal Walter Russ just wants a simple proposal to trim the overgrown trees outside Geyser Creek Middle School. So how does he end up with a wedding (rather than a weeding) proposal from designer Florence Waters? Meanwhile, a student camps out in a weeping willow tree behind the school the sixth-grade class explores its roots and a culinary rivalry develops in the cafeteria. A surprise event saves the day (and the trees, too)!
Includes tips on planting a tree and creating a family tree.

Regarding the Sink: Where, Oh Where, Did Waters Go?
ISBN: 0152055444

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2006

Geyser Creek Middle School's cafeteria sink is clogged, and the smell is . . . well, P-U-trid. Of course, the savvy students in the sixth-grade class know just who can create a fabuloso new sink--Florence Waters, who designed the school's OTT (over-the-top) water fountain. But the famous fountain designer (and, more important, their good friend) has gone missing! Undeterred, these kids follow their hearts and noses all the way to China to find Florence . . . and sniff out a few stinkers along the way.

Told in letters, newspaper articles, and BEAN-mails, this story is guaranteed to make you laugh until beans fly out your nose!

Regarding the Bees: A Lesson, in Letters, on Honey, Dating, and Other Sticky Subjects
ISBN: 0152066683

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2009

The seventh graders at Geyser Creek Middle School are beeyond stressed. They're preparing for a spelling bee and a horrible standardized test called the BEE (Basic Education Evaluation). Plus, this year the hunt for their honeys has become all-important. It's a good thing they have Honey, a bee that spells (yes, really!), as their class pet—and one fabulous teacher named Florence Waters. Sweet!
The fifth book in the Regarding the . . . series takes the sting out of spelling bees, standardized tests, and even dating. Using letters, newspapers, and whatever else strikes their fancy, the Klise sisters have again created a book that spells J-U-S-T P-L-A-I-N F-U-N.


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Contact Sarah by email at klisevisit@centurytel.net.