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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ami Polonsky  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

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Polonsky grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and now lives in Deerfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ami Polonsky is a reading and writing tutor, mother to two young children, and author, among other things. A former Language Arts teacher and literacy coach, she remains devoted to guiding children towards a love of books and helping create lifetime readers.


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Titles At Your Library

Gracefully Grayson
ISBN: 1423185277

Disney-Hyperion. 2014

"Tenderly and courageously told, Gracefully Grayson is a small miracle of a book. Its story is so compelling I found myself holding my breath as I read it and so intimate I felt as if what was happening to Grayson was happening to me. Thank you, Ami Polonsky, for creating this memorable character who will open hearts and minds and very possibly be the miracle that changes lives." -James Howe, award-winning and best-selling author of The Misfits

What if who you are on the outside doesn't match who you are on the inside?

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

Debut author Ami Polonsky's moving, beautifully-written novel about identity, self-esteem, and friendship shines with the strength of a young person's spirit and the enduring power of acceptance.

More advance praise for Gracefully Grayson

"Don't be intimidated when I say that Gracefully Grayson is an important book. (It is.) It's also a brave, exhilarating, heart-stopping, roller-coaster ride of self-discovery that will leave you cheering."
-Dean Pitchford, Oscar-winning songwriter and award-winning author of Captain Nobody and Nickel Bay Nick

Threads
ISBN: 1484746902

Disney-Hyperion. 2016

To Whom It May Concern: Please, we need help!
The day twelve-year-old Clara finds a desperate note in a purse in Bellman's department store, she is still reeling from the death of her adopted sister, Lola.

By that day, thirteen-year-old Yuming has lost hope that the note she stashed in the purse will ever be found. She may be stuck sewing in the pale pink factory outside of Beijing forever.
Clara grows more and more convinced that she was meant to find Yuming's note. Lola would have wanted her to do something about it. But how can Clara talk her parents, who are also in mourning, into going on a trip to China?

Finally the time comes when Yuming weighs the options, measures the risk, and attempts a daring escape.

The lives of two girls--one American, and one Chinese--intersect like two soaring kites in this story about loss, hope, and recovery.







Awards

-- '''''Gracefully Grayson:''''' -- *Chicago Public Library’s Best Older Fiction List, 2014

-- *KidsReads Reviewer Pick, 2014

-- *Young Adult Library Services Association of American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults List, 2015

-- *Winter Kids’ Indie Next List, 2014