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Julie Deaver

Born: 1953 in Glen Ellyn, Il
Pen Name: Julie Reece Deaver, Julie R. Deaver

Connection to Illinois: Deaver was born and raised in Glen Ellyn. She attended Glenbard West High School and studied acting and improv comedy at Chicago's Second City.

Biography: Julie Deaver is a writer and an artist. She grew up in a very creative family. Her mother was an artist and her father was an advertising writer. Her brother, Jeffery Deaver, is also an author.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Romance

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Chicago blues /
ISBN: 0060246758 OCLC: 31290230

HarperCollins, New York, NY : ©1995.

Lissa, a seventeen-year-old art student living on her own in Chicago, must raise her eleven-year-old sister when their alcoholic mother becomes incapable of caring for her.

First wedding, once removed /
ISBN: 0064404021 OCLC: 21162447

Depicts thirteen-year-old Pokie's friendship with her older brother and the changes it undergoes when her brother falls in love.

Say goodnight, Gracie /
ISBN: 0064470075 OCLC: 20611826

Harper Keypoint Books, New York, N.Y. : 1989, ©1988.

When a car accident kills her best friend Jimmy, with whom she has shared everything from childhood escapades to breaking into the professional theater scene in Chicago, seventeen-year-old Morgan must find her own way of coping with his death.

The night I disappeared /
ISBN: 0743439791 OCLC: 49777559

Simon Pulse, New York : 2002.

When Jamie and her mother travel to Chicago so her mother can defend a client, Jamie's world takes a strange turn. Mind slips and vivid daydreams begin to paralyze her as she feels she is slowly losing her mind.

You bet your life :
ISBN: 006021516X OCLC: 26503915

While working as an intern on a popular television comedy show produced in Chicago, seventeen-year-old Bess tries to come to terms with the loss of her mother, who committed suicide six months earlier.