The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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Hadley Irwin

Family drama

Lee Hadley
Earlham, Iowa
October 10, 1934–August 22, 1995

Annabelle Bowen Irwin
Peterson, Iowa
October 8, 1915

What About Grandma?

“We have spent most of our lives working with people younger than ourselves,” writers Lee Hadley and Ann Irwin stated in a brief afterword to So Long at the Fair, and if we've learned anything it is that the concerns, problems, and emotions of the young are basically the same as those of the adult. We respect this audience of young adults and try to write with honesty, humor, and understanding. Ann says it helps to have raised four children. Lee says it helps to have survived one's own adolescence. What is certain is that Hadley Irwin has become very real to us. We hope she's just as real to the readers of her books.”

Hadley and Irwin wrote young adult books under the joint pen name Hadley Irwin. The two met while teaching at Iowa State University in Ames and began writing together in 1979. They first collaborated on professional writing for the university and later moved to fiction.

Lee Hadley, the daughter of farmers, attended Drake University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked as a copywriter

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