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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Brenda A. Ferber  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA

Born: 1967 in Skokie, Illinois

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Ferber was born in Skokie and grew up in Highland Park. She now lives and works in Deerfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brenda Ferber graduated from the University of Michigan. She started out writing stories that were accepted by ''Ladybug'' magazine. In 2004, she submitted her first novel, then called ''Cara's Kitchen'', to the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition, which she won. The manuscript was accepted for publication by Farrar Straus & Giroux, which published the book as ''Julia's Kitchen'' in 2006.


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Awards

-- '''''The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine's Day Ever''''' *Kirkus Starred Review '''''Julia's Kitchen''''' *Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner under the title ''Cara's Kitchen'', 2004 *As a result, the title was changed and it went on to be published as ''Julia's Kitchen'' *VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, 2006 *Junior Library Guild Selection, 2006 *Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2007 *Kirkus Starred Review