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

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Janet Quin-Harkin

Romance family drama

Bath, England
September 24, 1941

Sugar and Spice Series

Janet Quin-Harkin's young adult novels are lighthearted depictions of friendships, romance, and growing up. The four Friends books, for example, follow young Tess and Ali over four summers. Will their friendship survive growing up?

“What's the matter with you this summer? You're no fun anymore,” Tess tells Ali when a third acquaintance threatens their relationship in Tess & Ali and the Teeny Bikini. You're either worrying or you're sulking.” “Okay,” Ali replies. “Maybe I'm just immature, but I don't want to hang around with Jasmine anymore. I guess you can't be friends with both of us.”

Born Janet Newcombe, the daughter of an engineer and a teacher, the author received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of London in 1963. She did graduate studies at the University of Kiel and the University of Freiburg, in Germany.

She was a studio manager in the drama department for the British Broadcasting Corporation in London from 1963 to 1966. During this time she wrote radio and television plays such as Dandelion Hours, about a small boy who befriends a hobo on a bomb site.

In 1966, she immigrated to the United States. She married John Quin-Harkin, whom she had met while in Australia working for the Australian Broadcasting Company. They have four children. QuinHarkin has been an instructor in dance and drama since 1971. She has

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