Individual Author Record
Name: Keith McGowanPen Name: None Genre: Children's Fiction Born: 1968 in Brooklyn, New York Sites:
Illinois ConnectionMcGown lived and worked in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationKeith McGowan has worked most of his life as an educator. He helped run an elementary afterschool program and day camp, taught mathematics and science, volunteered for a year as a teacher in Haiti, developed curricula for a non-profit in Chicago that helps students go to college, and tutored students who were unable to attend school full-time. Nowadays he writes fiction full-time.In 2010, Keith was awarded the Thurber House residency, given to one children’s book author each year in honor of American author and humorist James Thurber. His first book for children, ''The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children'', was named a 2010 ALA Notable Children’s Recording and a 2011 Texas Bluebonnet book. McGowen currently resides with his family in Vienna, Austria.
Titles At Your Library
The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children
ISBN: 0805086684 Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 2009
I love children. Eating them, that is. So begins this laugh-out-loud adventure in which a misunderstood genius brother and a tricky younger sister--Sol and Connie--go up against a brilliant witch who dines on children--sometimes with candles lit and fine wine, other times snacking from a plate in the glow of primetime TV. Called "funny and subversive" by USA Today and "a literary treat" by The New Yorker, this story blends humor and adventure, adds sibling arguments while mixing well, seasons with riddles, and goes down in a single, surprising gulp. Afterward, for dessert, READ THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF SOL AND CONNIE, The Witch's Curse.
The Witch's Curse (Christy Ottaviano Books)
ISBN: 0805093249 Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 2013
The much-anticipated sequel to the hilarious Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children from THE UNITED STATES OF GRIMM series. This time Sol and Connie face off against the hunter king from the Grimm folktale, Brother and Sister. The hunter doesn't want to ride them down but, because of his curse, he has to. Too bad for Sol and Connie. Funny and scary at the same time, the American Library Association's Booklist calls it "another edgy, absorbing read" and the Bank Street College of Education named it a Best Book of 2014.