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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction

Born: January 14 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Halpern is a Chicago native and currently resides in a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Halpern is a middle-school librarian and author. She is married to Matthew Cordell, an Illinois author and illustrator of children's books.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Toby and the Snowflakes''''' *Starred review in the Center for Children´┐Żs Books '''''Get Well Soon''''' *NAMI-NYC Metro 2007 Ken Book Award for an outstanding literary contribution to a better understanding of mental illness Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book of 2007 *2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers *IRA Young Adult Choice 2009 *2009 Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List '''''Into the Wild Nerd Yonder''''' *South Carolina Young Adult Book Award *ALA Best Book for Young Adults *2013 ILLINOIS READS Book '''''Have a Nice Day''''' *Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012 *Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year *YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults