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

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Cynthia Blair

Humorous adventure.

Long Island, New York
June 21,1953

Bubble Gum Gang Mysteries

“In all my writings I strive to create strong, independent female characters who are involved in making emotional decisions and personal choices,” said Cynthia Blair in Contemporary Authors. “I write for the same reason that I suspect a lot of other writers do—to validate my own perceptions and experiences and to appease the compulsion to write. Because of these two driving forces, my novels are a continuation of autobiography; they relate things I've done, or have fantasized about doing, and involve people I have known. Of course, all of this is vastly distorted by my own interpretations and creative embellishments, since real life, despite rumors to the contrary, is rarely as interesting as fiction.”

The daughter of an English teacher and an artist, Blair attended Bryn Mawr College, earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1975. Two years later, she received a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Blair worked from 1977 to 1981 as a marketing manager for Avon Products, Standard Brands, and Nestle. She became a full-time writer. In 1982, she married Richard Smith, an architect, with whom she has a son.

In Contemporary Authors, the writer said she believes that young adult readers are more idealistic than adult readers and perhaps not as ready to accept large doses of reality in what they read.

Her Bubble Gum Gang Mysteries feature Carla Farrell, Samantha Langtree, and Betsy Crane—pals who stick together like bubble gum. In Buried Treasure … in My Own Attic?, Carla is down in the dumps

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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
  • Robin Mckinley 277
  • Nicholasa Mohr 281
  • 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
  • J. D. Salinger 378
  • Ouida Sebestyen 382
  • 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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