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Literary Biographies for Tweens

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind classic works of literature.

A home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Bylines: a photobiography of Nellie Bly by Sue Macy ; foreward by Linda Ellerbee

Louisa May's Battle: how the Civil War led to Little Women by Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Carlyn Beccia

The Emily sonnets: the life of Emily Dickinson by Jane Yolen ; illustrations by Gary Kelley

Zora!: the life of Zora Neale Hurston by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

Noah Webster & his words by Jeri Chase Ferris ; illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch