Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lisa Maggiore  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Maggiore was born and raised on the Northwest side of Chicago. She still resides in Chicago today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisa Maggiore graduated from Southern Illinois University and the University of Chicago. She was a social worker for 20 years, ten of those years were in the Chicago Public School System. Along with her other books listed, Maggiore has also written the ebook, ''Pinterest Saved My Marriage''.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ava the monster slayer :
ISBN: 1634501519. OCLC Number:

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"When her beloved Piggy is left in the dryer in the basement, Ava knows she'll have to face the ferocious monsters lurking in the dark if she wants to rescue her favorite stuffed animal. Don't underestimate Ava just because she's 'cute' and wears 'adorable glasses'--she's really a fierce monster slayer"--

Home from within /
ISBN: 0986271802. OCLC Number:

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It's the fall of '82, and Jessica Turner has finally been set free, entering a public high school after being homeschooled. But her mother wears a frown and her father wears his Colt .45s, with a warning: no dating allowed. Seeking warmth, Jessica finds herself in a secret relationship with bad boy Paul Peterson. When the relationship-and Jessica's pregnancy-are discovered, Paul will be dead by nightfall.


Ava the Monster Slayer

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Maggiore is available for Literacy/Reading Nights and Author Visits.

  • Literacy/Reading Nights visits are free when she is able to advertise and sell her book on site.
  • Author Visit fees generally run about $800 for a full day and $400 for a half-day. She will differentiate the curriculum to work with your needs and will address the core curriculum state standards for English/Writing. You can contact her through the "Contact Me" page of her website.