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In her nine novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult issues with humor and hope. Her books have won numerous awards, among them the Newbery Honor Medal, the LA Times Book Prize, the Christopher Award, and the Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She has twice participated in the State Department's professional speaker's program, going to both Kazakhstan and Croatia where she talked with students, writers, educators, and children at risk about her life and her novels.

Joan has also been the recipient of the ASTAL Award for Outstanding Contributions to Literature for Young People, the Michigan Thumbs-up! Award for Children's Literature, the Delacorte Prize for a First Young Adult Novel, the Pacific Northwest Library Association Award, the New Jersey Reading Association M. Jerry Weiss Award, the New England Booksellers Award, and the Boston Public Library's "Literary Light" Award. Her novels have been chosen for many best book lists, among them, ALA Notable Books, ALA Best Books, ALA Quick Picks, American Bookseller Pick of the List, School Library Journal Best Books, Smithsonian Notable Children's Books, VOYA's Perfect 10s. Her novel Rules of the Road was chosen as one of the top young adult books of the last 25 years by the American Library Association.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, computer scientist Evan Bauer, and their intrepid wheaten terrier Max. Joan is a member of the Writers Guild of America East, the Authors Guild, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Her novel's are: Peeled, Best Foot Forward, Stand Tall, Hope Was Here, Backwater, Rules of the Road, Sticks, Thwonk, and Squashed.

Interests

classical music, cooking, hiking, jazz, theology, and soft-coated wheaten terriers.