Individual Author Record
Name: Deborah KentPen Name: None Genre: C:CHILD C:YA Fiction Non-Fiction Romance Born: 1948 in Little Falls, New Jersey Sites:
Illinois ConnectionDeborah lives in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationDeborah has been totally blind all of her life. Fortunately for her, New Jersey practiced 'mainstreaming' long before it was required by federal law, and she was able to attend public schools from the time she entered eighth grade. Some of her experiences in making the transition from a special class for blind kids to a regular class provided the background for her first young-adult novel, Belonging (Originally published in 1978). She worked as a social worker for four years at the University Settlement House on New York's Lower East Side, before turning to writing full time.
Belonging Dial, 1978Cindy, Scholastic, 1982That Special Summer, Silhouette, 1982.Jody, Scholastic, 1983.Te Amo Means I Love You, Bantam, 1983.Heartwaves, Ace, 1984.Honey and Spice, New American Library, 1985.Love to the Rescue, Scholastic, 1985.Ten-Speed Summer, Bantam, 1985.Talk to Me, My Love, Dell, 1987.Taking the Lead, Bantam, 1987.One Step at a Time, Scholastic, 1989.Why Me?, Scholastic, 1992, published as Why Me? The Courage to Live, Pocket Books, 2001.Benjamin Franklin: Extraordinary Patriot, Scholastic, 1993.The American Revolution: "Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!", Enslow Publishers, 1994.The Vietnam War: "What Are We Fighting For?", Enslow Publishers, 1994.Mexico: Rich in Spirit and Tradition, Marshall Cavendish, 1995.Salem, Massachusetts, Silver Burdett, 1995.Dorothy Day: Friend to the Forgotten, William B. Eerdmans, 1996.(With Kathryn A. Quinlan) Extraordinary People with Disabilities, Children's Press, 1996.China: Old Ways Meet New, Marshall Cavendish 1996.Too Soon to Say Goodbye, Scholastic, 1997.Only Way Out, Scholastic, 1998.Lexington and Concord, Children's Press, 1998.Hillary Rodham Clinton, Children's Press, 1998.Jane Means Appleton Pierce, Children's Press, 1998.Living with a Secret, Pocket Books, 2001.Don't Cry for Yesterday, Simon & Schuster, 2002.Snake Pits, Talking Cures, and Magic Bullets: A History of Mental Illness, Millbrook Press, 2003.Athletes with Disabilities, Franklin Watts, 2003.Animal Helpers for the Disabled, Franklin Watts, 2003.American Sign Language, Franklin Watts, 2003.Helen Keller: Author and Advocate for the Disabled, Child's World, 2003.The Changing Face of America: Hispanic Roots, Hispanic Pride, Child's World, 2004.Elizabeth Blackwell: Physician and Health Educator, Child's World, 2004.Frida Kahlo: An Artist Celebrates Life, Child's World, 2004.James A. Garfield, Children's Press, 2004.Juliette Gordon Low: Founder of the Girl Scouts of America, Child's World, 2004.Phillis Wheatley: First Published African American, Child's World, 2004.Warren G. Harding, Children's Press, 2004.*"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" SERIESMassachusetts, Children's Press, 1987.New Jersey, Children's Press, 1987.Louisiana, Children's Press, 1988.Pennsylvania, Children's Press, 1988.Colorado, Children's Press, 1989.Ohio, Children's Press, 1989.Connecticut, Children's Press, 1990.Maryland, Children's Press, 1990.South Carolina, Children's Press, 1990.Delaware, Children's Press, 1991.Iowa, Children's Press, 1991.Washington, D.C., Children's Press, 1991.Puerto Rico, Children's Press, 1992.New Mexico, Children's Press, 1999.Maine, Children's Press, 1999.Utah, Children's Press, 2000.Wyoming, Children's Press, 2000.Tennessee, Children's Press, 2001.*"CORNERSTONES OF FREEDOM" SERIESJane Addams and Hull House, Children's Press, 1992.The Titanic, Children's Pre