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Kathryn Reiss

Kathryn Reiss was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Ohio, and received B.A. degrees in English and German from Duke University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. After college, she lived in Bonn, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, and during this time wrote the first draft of her first novel. She is the author of 20 novels of suspense for middle grade and young adult readers. Time Windows was selected by the American Library Association as a "Best Book for Young Adults," received YALSA's "Popular Paperback for Young Adults" award and the State of Maryland's "Blackeyed Susan Young Reader Medal." Dreadful Sorry, also a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults, was a featured selection of the Junior Library Guild and was named "Pick of the Crop" in The School Library Journal starred review. Pale Phoenix and PaperQuake were nominated for the Mystery Writers of America's prestigious "Edgar Allan Poe" award, and PaperQuake additionally was named one of YALSA’s ‘Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.’ Paint By Magic, a time travel mystery, won a place on VOYA’s ‘Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers’ and is an International School Librarians Association honor book. Both The Strange Case of Baby H and Riddle of the Prairie Bride are also available from Recorded Books. Ms. Reiss has been a Writer in Residence for the Princeton Arts Council, a recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant for Writers, and has been a featured speaker with (among others) Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, The Northern California Library Association, The International Reading Association, Fresno County Office of Education, California Reading Association, The American Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She lives in Northern California with her husband and seven children, and is a Professor of English at Mills College.