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

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Joan Aiken

Fantasy

Rye, Sussex, England
September 4,1924

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Her father was a writer. A stepbrother and a sister became writers. So there was little doubt of Joan Aiken's future profession.

The third child of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Conrad Aiken and his Canadian wife, Jessie McDonald Aiken, Joan Aiken saw little of her father when she was growing up. Her parents had divorced when she was young. In her twenties, she often fought with him, but she came to love him in her forties, before his death in 1973.

After the divorce, her mother remarried, and Aiken was taught at home until finances allowed her to attend boarding school. She went to Wynchwood School in Oxford at age twelve.

Aiken grew up with few people around. She was a loner at school. As a teen, she frequently disobeyed rules. In 1941, when she was still a teenager, one of her stories was broadcast on the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) Children's Hour. As she attempted to publish more writing, however, more stories were returned with rejection letters.

Aiken worked as a clerk for the BBC from 1941 to 1943. She worked for St. Thomas' Hospital in London in 1943. She was secretary and librarian for the United Nations Information Office in London from 1943 to 1949. In 1945, she married Ronald George Brown, with whom she had two children. Brown died in 1955. Aiken married Julius Goldstein, an American painter, in 1976.

Aiken was features editor for Argosy magazine from 1955 to 1960. She was advertising copywriter for the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency in London in 1961. She left to become a full-time writer. In 1988, she was writer-in-residence at Lynchburg College.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction xxvii
  • Joan Aiken 1
  • Louisa May Alcott 8
  • Lloyd Alexander 12
  • V. C. Andrews 17
  • Piers Anthony 22
  • Avi 30
  • Jay Bennett 35
  • Cynthia Blair 39
  • Francesca Lia Block 42
  • Judy Blume 45
  • Sue Ellen Bridgers 50
  • Bruce Brooks 53
  • Betsy Byars 56
  • Alice Childress 61
  • James L. Collier Christopher Collier 65
  • Caroline B. Cooney 69
  • Susan Cooper 73
  • Robert Cormier 77
  • Chris Crutcher 83
  • Richie Tankersley Cusick 86
  • Paula Danziger 89
  • Peter Dickinson 93
  • Franklin W. Dixon 98
  • Lois Duncan 109
  • Paula Fox 115
  • Jean Craighead George 120
  • Eileen Goudge 124
  • Bette Greene 128
  • Rosa Guy 131
  • Lynn Hall 135
  • Virginia Hamilton 139
  • Jamake Highwater 143
  • S. E. Hinton 147
  • Isabelle Holland 151
  • H. M. Hoover 156
  • Monica Hughes 159
  • Hadley Irwin 163
  • Brian Jacques 167
  • Diana Wynne Jones 170
  • Carolyn Keene 174
  • M. E. Kerr 191
  • Stephen King 197
  • Norma Klein 205
  • Rouald Koertge 211
  • E. L. Konigsburg 214
  • Gordon Korman 217
  • Madeleine L'Engle 220
  • C. S. Lewis 225
  • Robert Lipsyte 230
  • Jack London 234
  • Lois Lowry 240
  • Margaret Mahy 244
  • Ann M. Martin 249
  • Harry Mazer 257
  • Norma Fox Mazer 261
  • Anne Mccaffrey 266
  • Lurlene Mcdaniel 273
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  • Lucy Maud Montgomery 284
  • Walter Dean Myers 289
  • Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 295
  • Joan Lowery Nixon 301
  • Andre Norton 308
  • Scott O'Dell 316
  • Janette Oke 320
  • Francine Pascal 324
  • Katherine Paterson 337
  • Gary Paulsen 341
  • Richard Peck 347
  • Robert Nowton Pack 352
  • Susan Beth Pfeffer 356
  • Christopher Pike 360
  • Janet Quin-Harkin 365
  • Ann Rinaldi 369
  • Cynthia Rylant 372
  • Marilyn Sachs 375
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  • William Sleator 385
  • Gary Soto 388
  • Jerry Spinelli 391
  • R. L. Stine 394
  • Todd Strasser 402
  • Mildred D. Taylor 406
  • Theodore Taylor 409
  • Joyce Carol Thomas 413
  • Julian F. Thompson 416
  • J. R. R. Tolkien 419
  • Mark Twain 423
  • Cynthia Voigt 429
  • Jill Paton Walsh 433
  • Barbara Wersba 436
  • Robert Westall 439
  • Phyllis A. Whitney 443
  • Patricia C. Wrede 448
  • Patricia Wrightson 451
  • Laurence Yep 454
  • Jane Yolen 459
  • Paul Zindel 465
  • Author/Title/Series Index 471
  • Genre Index 527
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