Illinois State Library

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's 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


-- "Girl on the Ferris Wheel"

-- *Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022