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

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Norma Fox Mazer

Social drama Suspense

New York City
May 15,1931

Taking Terri Mueller

High school football player Rollo and his best buddies, Brig and Candy, the “Lethal Threesome,” are surprised when sensitive outsider Valerie stands up to their taunts. Then one afternoon the situation getsOut of Control. This suspenseful story line is typical of the young adult novels of Norma Fox Mazer.

The daughter of a Ukrainian-Jewish truck driver and a sales clerk, Norma Fox was the middle of three sisters. She grew up in Glenns Falls, New York. She attended Antioch College and Syracuse University. In 1950, she married Harry Mazer, also a young adult novelist, with whom she has four children.

As a youngster she avidly read such books as the Nancy Drew mysteries, Gulliver's Travels, andThe Diary of Anne Frank. “I love stories,” Mazer said inTop of the News. I'm convinced that everyone does, and whether we recognize it or not, each of us tells stories. A day doesn't pass when we don't put our lives into story.”

“When I first began writing, I wrote blindly, wanting only to put down words on paper,” Mazer continued. “The first real lesson I learned about writing was that I needed to—and did—have something to say. That something was there, inside me, waiting to be called out. That struggle, I think—not only for the writer, but just for living in this world with self-respect—is to find what's uniquely one's own:

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