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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:YOUNG ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: in Morris, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Miller was born in Morris and grew up in Park Forest.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brandon Marie Miller earned her degree in American History from Purdue University. She writes about famous people and common folk, about great events and everyday life. Her award-winning books for young people have been honored by the International Reading Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the Society of School Librarians International, Voice of Youth Advocates, Bank Street College, the Junior Library Guild, the New York Public Library and the Chicago Public Library, among others.

Brandon encourages readers to think of history as the greatest story of all. Fiction has nothing on history for tales of courage, sacrifice, redemption, cruelty and betrayal. As a writer of history Brandon aims to inspire readers with stories of people who have struggled, overcome great odds, and made a contribution to our human spirit. It’s no coincidence that “story” is right there in the word history!

Born and raised in Illinois, Brandon now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. When not researching and writing, she loves to read biographies and murder mysteries, travel, play games, attend the ballet, watch sports and old movies from the 1930s and 1940s, and enjoy great conversation.

She includes her middle name on all her books so people know she is a girl named “Brandon.”

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Robert E. Lee"""

-- *Notable Book, NCSS, Children's Book Council, 2020

-- * Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, 2020

-- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020


-- """Women of Colonial America"""

-- *New York Public Library Teen Book List


-- """Women of Frontier"""

-- *Nominee, YALSA Nonfiction Award, 2014

-- *Notable Book, National Council for the Social Studies, 2014

-- *A Choose To Read Ohio Title, 2015-2016


-- """Benjamin Franklin"""

-- *Nonfiction Honor List Book, VOYA

-- *Best of the Best Book, Chicago Public Library


-- """Declaring Independence"""

-- *Best Children's Book of the Year List, Bank Street College Children's Book Committee

-- *New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, 2006


-- """Dressed for the Occasion"""

-- *Best Children's Book of the Year, Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College

-- *Nonfiction Honor List, VOYA