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Alex Flinn
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I was born in a log cabin in the Big Woods of…okay, maybe not. I was born in a small town on Long Island, New York. When I was five years old, my mom said that I should be an author. I guess I must have nodded or something because, from that point on, every poem I ever wrote in school was submitted to Highlights or Cricket magazine. I was collecting rejection slips at age seven!

I learned to read early and often. But I compensated for this early proficiency by absolutely refusing to read the programmed readers required by the school system—workbooks where you read the story, then answered the questions. When the other kids were on Book 20, I was on Book 1! My teacher, Mrs. Zeiser, told my mother, “Alexandra marches to her own drummer.” I don’t think that was supposed to be a good thing. Now, when my daughter, Katie, brings home FCAT prep materials where you are supposed to read a passage and answer questions, I want to ask the teacher, “Does she really need to do this? She can read!!!”

My favorite authors were Astrid Lindgren, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Marilyn Sachs, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I also read A... View More
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Hobbies, Interests, and Enthusiasms
I love music and theater.  I still sing in the church choir.  I jog and bike.  I love to read and am involved in a book discussion group.
University of Miami (BA in Music)
Nova Southeaster University (JD)
Awards & Honors
Breathing Underwater—ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2002
Breathing Underwater—ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults, 2002
Breathing Underwater—IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice, 2003
Breathing Underwater—Book Sense Pick, 2001
Breathing Underwater—Publishers Weekly “Flying Starts” Author, 2001
Breathing Underwater—Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, 2004
Breathing Underwater—New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, 2002
Breaking Point—ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2003
Breaking Point—New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, 2003
Breaking Point—Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List, 2003
Breathing Underwater—Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List, 2002
Nothing to Lose—ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2005
Nothing to Lose—ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2005
Nothing to Lose—ALA Booklist Top 10 Youth Mysteries, 2004
Nothing to Lose—New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, 2005
Nothing to Lose—Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List, 2005
Nothing to Lose—IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice, 2006
Nothing to Lose—ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2006
Fade to Black—Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List, 2006
Fade to Black—IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice, 2007
Beastly—ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2009
Beastly—VOYA Editor’s Choice, 2009
Beastly—IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice, 2009
Beastly—Texas Lone Star Reading List, 2008
Beastly—Detroit Public Library Author Day Award, 2008
Beastly—New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, 2008
A Kiss in Time—Junior Library Guild Selection, 2009

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