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Name: Simone ElkelesPen Name: Simone Schlechter Genre: Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Born: 1970 in Chicago, Illinois
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Illinois ConnectionElkeles was born and raised in the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Loyola University. She currently resides in Buffalo Grove.
Biographical and Professional InformationSimone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book ''Perfect Chemistry''. Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year.
- How to Ruin Series'Leaving Paradise SeriesPerfect Chemistry SeriesWild Cards Series'
- Chain Reaction, Walker, 2012
- How To Ruin a Summer Vacation, Llewellyn flux, 2006
- How To Ruin My Teenage Life, Llewwellyn flux, 2007
- How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation, Llwewellyn flux, 2009
- Leaving Paradise, Llewellyn flux, 2007
- Perfect Chemistry, Walker, 2008
- Return to Paradise, Llewellyn flux, 2010
- Rules of Attraction, Walker, 2010
- Wild Cards:Better Than Perfect, Bloomsbury, 2014
- Wild Crush, Bloomsbury, 2015
Titles At Your Library
How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin a Summer Vacation Novel)
ISBN: 0738709611 Flux. 2006 YALSA 2007 Teens Top Ten ""A breezy read."" Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Fresh, fun and fabulous! Guaranteed NOT to ruin your summer vacation! Mari Mancusi, author of Boys that Bite How To Ruin a Summer Vacation Moshav? Whats a moshav? Is it shopping mall in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know Id be selling out if I go to a mall with Ron (my biological father), but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home. Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, moshav is not Hebrew for shopping mall. Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci. Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. Shes got a serious grudge against her dad for showing up so rarely in her life. Now hes dragging her to a war zone to meet a family shes never known, where shell probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, shell be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summerno best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone Goodbye pridehello Israel.
How to Ruin My Teenage Life (How to Ruin a Summer Vacation Novel)
ISBN: 0738710199 Flux. 2007 In this sequel to How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, EVERYTHING in sixteen-year-old Amy Nelson Baraks life is going wrong! Her mom got married and moved to the suburbs, and now they are going to have a baby. Amy moves in with her dad in Chicago and signs him up for an online dating service. His first four dates are that night . . . What else? Her dog Mutt impregnated her grumpy neighbors prized poodle, so Amy will actually have to get a part-time job to pay for half the veterinary bill. And theres this totally annoying boy, Nathan Rubin, who just moved into her apartment building. Luckily, Amy has a cute boyfriend named Avi. Only hes more like a non-boyfriend considering Avi is in the Israeli army for the next three years. Whats a girl to do when everyone is conspiring to ruin her life?
How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation (How to Ruin a Summer Vacation Novel)
ISBN: 0738718793 Flux. 2009 A great read-alike for fans of Meg Cabot, Melissa Kantor, and Sarah Dessen.""--VOYA Guess whos jetting off to the Holy Land this summer! Yes, its meAmy Nelson-Barak. Ive volunteered for ten days of military training in Israel with my friends. The Sababa brochure said it would be a fun summer experience. Okay, so I didnt sign up to prove Im not a princessI did it to surprise my hot Israeli boyfriend stationed at the same base. Too bad nobody told me: - Its hot in the Negev desertlike, so hot your makeup melts off and you get under-boob sweat spots. - You cant sleep in until 11 a.m. - You shouldnt kill bees with your flatirondont ask. - Peeing in a hole isnt easy (when youre a girl)double dont ask. When I find out our team leader is my boyfriend Avi, Im totally psycheduntil I learn he has to treat me like all the other recruits. Can you say OY VEY!
Leaving Paradise 10th Anniversary Edition (A Leaving Paradise Novel)
ISBN: 0738710180 Flux. 2007 Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroadher chance to escape everyone and their pitying stareshas been canceled.After a year in juvenile jail, Calebs free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers. Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as ""criminal"" and ""freak."" Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. Its a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.
Return to Paradise (A Leaving Paradise Novel)
ISBN: 0738718688 Flux. 2010 Available Now! Flux's First New York Times Bestseller! From the New York Times Bestselling Author of RULES OF ATTRACTION Comes the Sequel to LEAVING PARADISE Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything. Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. Shes determined to make a new life for herself. But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggies accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them. Praise for Leaving Paradise: ""Elkeles writes convincingly about family tensions, retreating from painful reality, and teens outgrowing their old skins.""School Library Journal ""Elkeles creates raw emotions, dialogue, and high-school ambience thats just right [A] delicate, delicious love story.""Booklist
Perfect Chemistry (A Perfect Chemistry Novel)
ISBN: 0802798225 Walker Childrens. 2008
A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.
Rules of Attraction (A Perfect Chemistry Novel)
ISBN: 0802722903 Walker Childrens. 2011
When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for the past year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Colorado. When he meets Kiara Westford, a good girl totally unlike any of the girls he's usually drawn to, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she's too good for him. But will he put his pride aside when he realizes that being with Kiara might finally allow him to be his true self?
Chain Reaction: A Perfect Chemistry Novel
ISBN: 0802727980 Walker Childrens. 2012
Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?
Continuing all the steamy romance of the first two books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Simone Elkeles gives fans one more satisfying taste of the irresistible Fuentes boys.
Better Than Perfect (Wild Cards)
ISBN: 0802737250 Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 2014
A fresh and fun repackage of Wild Cards, Better Than Perfect launches a romantic new series from New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles.
Wild Crush (Wild Cards) (Volume 2)
ISBN: 1620511959 NLA Digital LLC. 2015 When the only girl you want is the one you can't have... Bad boy Vic Salazar breaks all the rules except one: Don't make a move on your best friend's girl. It’s a Guy Code that Vic lives by. It doesn't matter that he's had a crush on her for years. Monika Fox is off limits. Monika has a secret of her own and when a tragedy throws her and Vic together, the only boy she trusts is the one she shouldn’t confide in. Vic. As Vic struggles to keep his distance, and Monika struggles with her secrets, will their wild connection violate every rule both vowed never to break—about relationships, about friendship, about love?
Awards'''''How to Ruin'' Series'''Popular Paperback for Young Adults, YALSA, 2013 Illinois Read for a Lifetime Reading List, 2008 – 2009 Teens Top Ten List, YALSA, 2007 Silver medal in Multicultural Children’s fiction, IPPY, 2007 Finalist, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence ContestFinalist, National Readers Choice AwardsFinalist, Aspen Gold Book AwardsRemarkable Reads, School Library JournalWinner, Chick Lit Stiletto Contest, 2004 Young Adult book on the Anti-Defamation League website'''''Leaving Paradise'' Series'''Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award list, 2010 RITA Award Finalist for Young Adult Romance, 2008 “2007 Summer Picks” List, Book Sense '''''Perfect Chemistry'' Series'''ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013New York Times Bestselling SeriesSwitzerland Bookstar Award, 2012 Popular Paperback for Young Adults, YALSA, 2012 Eliot Rosewater Book Award, Indiana High School, 2011-2012 Abraham Lincoln Award List, 2011 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, YALSA, 2010 RITA award winner for Best Young Adult Romance, Romance Writers of America, 2010 Kentucky Bluegrass High School Book Award List, 2010 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award in the YA division, 2010-2011 DAMA Award - Best Young Adult Romance in Spanish, Club Romantica, 2010'''Body of Work'''Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2008
Availability for Public SpeakingSpeaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)Elkeles is represented by Kristin Nelson at the [http://nelsonagency.com/ Nelson Literary Agency].
For school visits
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Letters can be mailed to:
318 Half Day Road #331Buffalo Grove, IL 60089