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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Andrew Clements  

Pen Name: Andrew Elborn

Genre: C:CHILD Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: May 29, 1949 in Camden, New Jersey


Illinois Connection

Clements family moved to Springfield when he was in sixth grade. He graduated from Springfield High School then went on to graduate from Northwestern University in Evanston with an English Literature major and National Louis University in Chicago with a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. After graduating in 1972, he taught English in suburban Chicago schools for seven years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Andrew Clements started his literary career by writing poems and songs. After moving to New York City in 1979, he worked for several publishing companies where he published, acquired, edited, marketed, and developed quality children's books. In 1985, Clements added his own work to the market with a picture book entitled Bird Adalbert written under the pen name - Andrew Elborn. His first novel was the wildly popular Frindle, a 6.5 million-copy award-winning bestseller. The book has received over 48 awards.

There are reading guides available for many of his books.

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