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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Patricia Demuth

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1948 in Souix City, Iowa


Illinois Connection

Brennan Demuth lived in Chicago for thirty-five years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patricia Brennan Demuth is the author of many award-winning children's fiction and non-fiction books. She grew up in a little Iowa town with a big family and imagination. After college, she moved to New York. From midtown Manhattan, Patricia moved with her family to an Illinois farm where resided for thirty-five years. She now lives in Wisconsin.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Ornery Morning''''' -- *Best Summer Reading for Kids, CBS This Morning


-- '''''Max, The Bad Talking Parrot''''' -- *Georgia Children's Storybook Award

-- *Children's Choice, International Reading Assoc., 1987

-- *Children's Choice, Children's Book Council, 1987


-- '''''In Trouble with Teacher''''' -- *Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College Child Study Children's Book Committee


-- '''''Those Amazing Ants''''' -- *Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Books Council, 1995

-- *100 Best Nonfiction Books for Children, selected by Judy Freeman

-- *Nonfiction 71 Top Books of the Century, Instructor Magazine, March 2001


-- '''''Joel Growing Up a Farm Man''''' -- *Best Children's Book, Society of Midland Authors

-- *Outstanding Book in Social Sciences, National Council for the Social Studies & Children's Book Council

-- *CCBC Choice, Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education

-- *The Best In Children's Books, The University of Chicago's Guide


-- '''''City Horse''''' -- *Junior Literary Guild Selection

-- *Sequoyah's Children's Books Master List, Oklahoma Library Association

-- *The Best In Children's Books, The University of Chicago's Guide


-- '''''Way Down Deep''''' -- *Children's Books of the Year, Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College


-- '''''Cradles in the Trees''''' -- *Winner, WINNERS! Handbook