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Michele Weber Hurwitz

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Weber Hurwitz grew up in Skokie and currently lives in Buffalo Grove, a northwest suburb of Chicago.

Biography: Michele Weber Hurwitz has a journalism degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked as a publicist, freelance magazine writer, and newspaper columnist.

  • '''''Calli Be Gold'''''
  • -- Best Books of the Year listing (a star for outstanding merit), Bank Street College of Education, 2012
  • '''''The Summer I Saved the 65 Days'''''
  • -- Young Critics' Favorite Books 2014-2015, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT,
  • -- List of Top 50 books for secondary, Kiss the Book, 2015
  • -- Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • '''''Ethan Marcus Stands Up'''''
  • -- IL READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

Calli be gold
ISBN: 9780375898235 OCLC: 639518190

Eleven-year-old Calli, the third child in a family of busy high-achievers, likes to take her time and observe rather than rush around, and when she meets an awkward, insecure second-grader named Noah and is paired with him in the Peer Helper Program, she finds satisfaction and strength in working with him.

Ethan Marcus makes his mark
ISBN: 9781481489287 OCLC: 1022074503

In this story told from different perspectives, a high-energy seventh grader, his slightly older, serious sister, and their close friends enter an invention competition.

Ethan Marcus stands up
ISBN: 9781481489270 OCLC: 972226278

Told from multiple viewpoints, well-behaved Ethan Marcus sets off a protest and leads a team in inventing a device to help students tired of sitting all day.

Hello from Renn Lake /
ISBN: 1984896326 OCLC: 1104218784

In Wisconsin, as her adoptive parents open their lake cabins for summer visitors, twelve-year-old Annalise, abandoned as an infant and able to communicate with the lake, discovers a growing toxic algae bloom and teams up with her friends to save the beloved body of water.

The summer I saved the world-- in 65 days /
ISBN: 0385371098 OCLC: 843955760

Inspired by her late grandmother, thirteen-year-old Nina spends a summer secretly doing good deeds for her neighbors and enjoying the changes she brings about, even as she is dealing with changing friendships and family issues.