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Mary Jane Auch

Auteur de The Princess and the Pizza

40 oeuvres 4,506 utilisateurs 133 critiques 1 Favoris

A propos de l'auteur

As a child, Mary Jane Auch loved books and read constantly. Her interest in drawing began as a child and continued through high school. She went on to become an art major at Skidmore College. After graduation, Auch went for New York City, but after a year of designing prints for men's pajamas, she afficher plus decided she wanted to do something more meaningful with her life. She enrolled in the Occupational Therapy program at Columbia University, and worked for some years in a children's hospital near Hartford, Connecticut. Eventually, Auch began illustrating for Pennywhistle Press, a national children's newspaper, which led to an interest in illustrating children's books. In the summer of 1984, Auch took a week-long children's writing conference on Cape Cod. Auch finally knew that she wanted to a writer when an instructor told her that sometimes artists find they can paint better pictures with words. She began sending manuscripts to publishers, writing four novels before she sold the first one. She then sold a second book to another publisher the same week. She continued writing books for older kids, abandoning her dream of illustrating for a while. After writing nine books, she wrote and illustrated The Easter Egg Farm, and has done both ever since. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins


Œuvres de Mary Jane Auch

The Princess and the Pizza (2002) 647 exemplaires
Ashes of Roses (2002) 476 exemplaires
I Was a Third Grade Spy (2001) 381 exemplaires
The Plot Chickens (2009) 328 exemplaires
One-Handed Catch (2006) 316 exemplaires
Journey to Nowhere (1997) 292 exemplaires
Frozen Summer (1998) 232 exemplaires
Peeping Beauty (1993) 189 exemplaires
Souperchicken (2003) 154 exemplaires
The Easter Egg Farm (1992) 152 exemplaires
Glass Slippers Give You Blisters (1989) 110 exemplaires
Wing Nut (2005) 107 exemplaires
A Dog on His Own (2008) 89 exemplaires
Chickerella (2005) 84 exemplaires
One Plus One Equals Blue (2013) 74 exemplaires
Poultrygeist (2003) 73 exemplaires
Bantam of the Opera (1997) 73 exemplaires
Hen Lake (1995) 52 exemplaires
Guitar Boy (2010) 46 exemplaires
The Nutquacker (1999) 44 exemplaires
The Latchkey Dog (1994) 44 exemplaires
Kidnapping Kevin Kowalski (1990) 38 exemplaires
Eggs Mark the Spot (1996) 37 exemplaires
The Road to Home (2000) 34 exemplaires
The Buk Buk Buk Festival (2015) 22 exemplaires
I Was a Third Grade Bodyguard (2003) 21 exemplaires
Mom Is Dating Weird Wayne (1988) 19 exemplaires
Pick of the Litter (1988) 18 exemplaires
Noah's Aardvark (1999) 17 exemplaires
Monster Brother (1994) 11 exemplaires
Cry Uncle! (1987) 10 exemplaires
A Sudden Change of Family (1990) 9 exemplaires
Bird Dogs Can't Fly (1993) 8 exemplaires
Out of Step (1992) 7 exemplaires
Seven long years until college (1991) 7 exemplaires
The Witching of Ben Wagner (1987) 4 exemplaires
One Handed Catch 1 exemplaire


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BooksInMirror | 23 autres critiques | Feb 19, 2024 |
It is 1946. The war is over, and there will be fireworks on the 4th of July. Norm Schmidt’s friend, Leo, buys some from his cousin and is excited to set them off. He invites Norm to join him. Norm decides to go, but knows that he needs to stay away from Leo and the rockets. He doesn’t trust Leo and doesn’t want to risk being blown up by a runaway firework. Norm needn’t have worried. He never got to celebrate that year. During the afternoon, Norm’s dad, a butcher, sends him to chop more meat. When a chunk of gristle gets stuck in the grinder, Norm tries to move it through with the plugger. That doesn’t work so Norm grabs the end of the meat and pulls. Before he can react, his hand disappears into the grinder. Unfortunately, Norm loses his left hand. Now, his aspirations for playing baseball seem completely out of reach. He can't even tie his own shoes! Norm's mother expects him to overcome his handicap. She asks him to take out the garbage the first night out of the hospital and makes him resume his duties in the family's butcher shop. She tells all of his teachers not to cater to him. At first, Norm is angry at her because he would like to take the easy road and use his handicap as an excuse. But, he soon learns that she is right. He begins to figure out ways that he can do normal things with one hand and a stump. He practices catching and throwing a baseball with his right hand and batting. Progress is slow at first, but he soon makes good progress. Maybe, he will be able to make the baseball team in the spring after all.
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kathymariemax | 12 autres critiques | Feb 5, 2024 |
(4.5 / 5)

Another book I remember from childhood, I read this again recently so I could discuss it with my daughter. We both enjoyed the antics that the kids get up to in the book and like the friendship displayed. While it certainly isn't easy for Ryan and Mooch to know how to act around their friend who has some brain damage from a bike accident, I appreciate the narrator, Ryan, in his attempts to learn how to be the friend Kevin needs. There is a moment in the story when a group of older kids are hanging out in the woods near where our main characters are camping, and it gets a little risque, but not graphic. Still, it gave me pause, as I knew my 12-year-old daughter had read the scene as well, and she did say it got a little uncomfortable for her too. Other than that, though, I enjoyed the book, as did my daughter.… (plus d'informations)
Kristi_D | 1 autre critique | Sep 22, 2023 |


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