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Individual Author Record

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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction

Born: 1961 in Belvidere, Illinois



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Amato was born in Belvidere and grew up in Libertyville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Amato is the author of many acclaimed books for children including ''Please Write in this Book'', which won the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award as well as ''The Naked Mole-Rat Letters'', which was nominated for six state awards, including the Rebecca Caudill Award in Illinois. A prolific songwriter, Mary also sings, plays the guitar, and teaches songwriting. Several of her books for young adults, including ''Guitar Notes'', features original songs. Mary now lives in Maryland, but she returns to the Chicago area often and enjoys presenting and teaching. Her Skype sessions are also popular.

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