Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Julie Halpern  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: January 14 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.juliehalpern.com/
-- Julie Halpern on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=julie++halpern


Illinois Connection

Halpern is a Chicago native and currently resides in a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Halpern is a middle-school librarian and author. She is married to Matthew Cordell, an Illinois author and illustrator of children's books.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Toby and the Snowflakes
ISBN: 0618420045

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2004

When friends move away, it is hard for them to leave and even harder to watch them go. Toby’s best friend moved yesterday, and now all Toby has is his friend’s baseball glove (which smells like Parmesan cheese). Toby is bored and alone. But then the snow starts to fall, and Toby finds an unexpected flurry of friends . . .
With humor and warmth, Julie Halpern and Matthew Cordell tell the story of one little boy who learns about friendship, change, and the nature of the snowflake.

Get Well Soon
ISBN: 0312367953

Feiwel & Friends. 2007

Anna Bloom is depressed—so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor who focuses way too much on her weight, and a cute, shy boy who just might like her.

But wait! Being trapped in a loony bin isn’t supposed to be about making friends, losing weight, and having a crush, is it?

In her fiction debut, Julie Halpern finds humor in the unlikeliest of places, and presents a character whose voice—and heart—will resonate with all of us who have ever felt just a little bit crazy.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
ISBN: 0312382529

Feiwel & Friends. 2009

It's Jessie's sophomore year of high school. A self-professed "mathelete," she isn't sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved his mohawk and started dating . . . the prom princess!) . . .


Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high-school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way--the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes?


If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?

Don't Stop Now
ISBN: 0312643462

Feiwel & Friends. 2011

On the first day of Lillian's summer-before-college, she gets a message on her cell from her sort-of friend, Penny. Not only has Penny faked her own kidnapping, but Lil is the only one who figures it out. She knows that Penny's home life has been rough, and that her boyfriend may be abusive. Soon, Penny's family, the local police, and even the FBI are grilling Lil, and she decides to head out to Oregon, where Penny has mentioned an acquaintance. And who better to road-trip across the country with than Lil's BFF, Josh. But here's the thing: Lil loves Josh. And Josh doesn't want to "ruin" their amazing friendship.

Josh has a car and his dad's credit card. Lil has her cellphone and a hunch about where Penny is hiding. There's something else she needs to find: Are she and Josh meant to be together?

Have a Nice Day
ISBN: 1250034205

Square Fish. 2013

Anna Bloom has just come home from a three-week stay in a mental hospital. She feels . . . okay. It's time to get back to some sort of normal life, whatever that means. She has to go back to school, where teachers and friends are dying to know what happened to her but are too afraid to ask. And Anna is dying to know what's going on back at the hospital with her crush, Justin, but is too afraid to ask. Meanwhile, Anna's parents aren't getting along, and she wonders if she's the cause of her family's troubles.

The F- It List
ISBN: 1250056950

Square Fish. 2015

Alex and Becca have always been best friends. But when Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex's dad's funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family.


Time passes, and Alex finally decides to forgive Becca. Then she's hit with another shocker: Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn't know she'll be able to finish now. That's where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.


Julie Halpern writes about illness, loss, love, and friendship with candor and compassion. Here is an unforgettable book about living fully, living authentically, and just . . . living.


Awards

Toby and the Snowflakes

  • Starred review in the Center for Childrens Books
  • Get Well Soon

  • NAMI-NYC Metro 2007 Ken Book Award for an outstanding literary contribution to a better understanding of mental illness Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book of 2007
  • 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • IRA Young Adult Choice 2009
  • 2009 Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
  • Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Have a Nice Day

  • Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
  • YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

    Speaking Engagements

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