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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Marion Dane Bauer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction & Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1938 in Oglesby, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Bauer was born and raised in Oglesby.

Biographical and Professional Information

Since 1976, Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than seventy books for young people from novelty books, picture books and early readers through writing guides and novels. She has won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor in 1987 for her book ''On My Honor'' and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages and she edited the award-winning book, ''Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence''. Bauer was educated at LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, the University of Missouri and the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated in 1962. She has taught English at a Wisconsin high school and classes in creative writing in Minnesota.Marion has long been a writing teacher as well as a writer. Her book ''What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction'' is used by adults wanting to write for children as well as by young writers. She was the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College, developing the first Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.Bauer now lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.


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Titles At Your Library

On My Honor
ISBN: 0440466334

Yearling. 1987

Joel dares his best friend, Tony, to a swimming race in a dangerous river. Both boys jump in, but when Joel reaches the sandbar, he finds Tony has vanished. How can he face their parents and the terrible truth?

The Double-Digit Club
ISBN: 0823418057

Holiday House. 2004

Worried that her best friend Paige will join the Double-Digit Club when she becomes ten and leave her deserted for the summer, Sarah anxiously awaits the date to see what will become of her friend and their special plans for a fantastic summer together.

Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, An English Girl in Minnesota, New Yeovil, Minnesota 1873 (Dear America Series)
ISBN: 0439220270

Scholastic Inc.. 2003

After following her father from their home in England to the plains of Minnesota, Mary must summon the strength to face the challenges and heartbreaking losses that she and her family encounter.

"Land of the Buffalo Bones" is the diary of Mary Rodgers, known as Polly. Promising religious freedom and fertile land, Polly's father, Reverend Rodgers, moves their Baptist community from England to the Minnesota prairie. After a treacherous journey across the sea and across this country, Polly finds that it is no paradise at all. Written with incredible heart and compassion, insight and sensitivity, Marion Dane Bauer has created one of the most sophisticated and courageous characters DEAR AMERICA has seen.

Runt
ISBN: 0440419786

Yearling. 2004

DEEP IN THE Minnesota forest, where only the strong survive, four regular-sized pups—Leader, Sniffer, Runner, and Thinker—are pushed into the world. Then one last, very small pup is born into the wolf pack. He is called Runt.

From the very start, Runt struggles in the harsh wild world of the wolves. He tries learning along with his brothers and sisters, but makes serious mistakes. It’s hard pleasing his father, King, and the other wolves. If only Runt could prove himself to his powerful father and family. . . .

“With an economy of words, Bauer precisely and vividly conveys the wolves’ wild world. . . . There’s a ready-made audience for this.”—Booklist, Starred

“Beautifully written and faithful to wolves’ behavior (explained in an afterword). . . . Bauer portrays the wolves’ place in the natural world with compassion, respect, and warmth, but this is also the story of any unique individual’s struggle to find his or her niche.”—School Library Journal

An Early Winter
ISBN: 0440416949

Yearling. 2001

When Tim's beloved grandfather develops Alzheimer's disease, Tim tries to restore him by taking him on an adventure that may be too much for both of them to handle.

Tim idolizes his beloved grandfather, the strong outdoorsman who helped raise him. When he and his mother and stepfather visit his grandfather, Tim refuses to believe Granddad has Alzheimer's disease. Tim decides to prove to the family that Granddad is fine and that his confusion just comes from getting older. All seems well when Tim and Granddad sneak off together on a fishing trip, but Granddad has forgotten supplies