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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tom E. McGowen  

Pen Name: Tom McGowen


Born: 1927 in Evanston, Illinois


Illinois Connection

McGowen was born in Evanston Illinois, grew up in Evanston and Chicago, moved to Norridge Illinois, raised a family and even wrote a book about Norridge titled ''Island within a City''. He lived in Norridge for over 55 years before moving to Hoffman Estates Illinois for the last 3 years of his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tom McGowen is a children's and young adult books author. He worked in advertising in the Chicago, Illinois area until 1969. He then became a senior editor at World Book, Inc.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- Children`s Book of the Year He's won awards for ''Album of Prehistoric Man'', ''Album of Whales'', ''Radioactivity