Cynthia DeFelice

Cynthia DeFelice
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Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling titles for young readers, including the novels Wild Life, The Ghost of Cutler Creek, Signal, and The Missing Manatee, as well as the picture books, One Potato, Two Potato, and Casey in the Bath. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, among numerous other honors.
 
Cynthia was born in Philadelphia in 1951. As a child, she was always reading. Summer vacations began with a trip to the bookstore, where she and her sister and brothers were allowed to pick out books for their summer reading. “To me,” she says, “those trips to the bookstore were even better than the rare occasions when we were given a quarter and turned loose at the penny-candy store on the boardwalk.” Cynthia has worked as a bookseller, a barn painter, a storyteller, and a school librarian.
 
When asked what she loves best about being an author, she can’t pick just one answer: “I love the feeling of being caught up in the lives of the characters I am writing about. I enjoy the challenge of trying to write as honestly as I can, and I find enormous satisfaction in hearing from readers that something I wrote touched them, delighted them, made them shiver with fear or shake with laughter, or think about something new.” Cynthia and her husband live in Geneva, New York.


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Cynthia DeFelice reads from her book Bringing Ezra Back

Listen to Cynthia DeFelice read from her children's book Bringing Ezra Back. This long-anticipated sequel to her novel Weasel is a masterful adventure story, in which Nathan Fowler triumphs over the legacy of fear left him by the villain Weasel.

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Wild Life

Cynthia DeFelice
Square Fish

Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq.  A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North...


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Nelly May Has Her Say

Cynthia DeFelice, illustrated by Henry Cole
Margaret Ferguson Books

Nelly May Nimble and her twelve brothers and sisters live with their parents in a tiny cottage in the Bottoms, where there's never enough food to feed so many...


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Death at Devil's Bridge

Cynthia DeFelice
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"A riveting story of a 13-year-old boy seduced by the thrill of dangerous friendship and, despite intentions, drawn into the treacherous world of drugs and...


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The Ghost of Cutler Creek
Ghost Mysteries
Cynthia DeFelice
Square Fish

In the third book about ghost magnet Allie Nichols, she is contacted by the restless spirit of a dog.


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Signal

Cynthia DeFelice
Square Fish

After moving with his father to upstate New York, twelve-year-old Owen faces a lonely summer . . . until he meets a girl who may be a space alien....


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The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs
Ghost Mysteries
Cynthia DeFelice
Square Fish

"In this genuinely exciting and suspenseful sequel to The Ghost of Fossil Glen (1998), DeFelice revisits her plucky herione sixth-grader Allie Nichols, picking...


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The Ghost of Fossil Glen
Ghost Mysteries
Cynthia DeFelice
Square Fish

Is it worth risking your life to help someone who’s already dead?


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The Missing Manatee

Cynthia DeFelice
Square Fish

A tribute to Florida, fishing, and family All Skeet Waters wants is to catch a big, beautiful tarpon on his fly rod - and to keep everything else in his...


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The Ghost of Poplar Point
Ghost Mysteries
Cynthia DeFelice
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Allie Nichols, “Ghost Magnet,” has only just finished sixth grade, but already she’s grappled with her fair share of adventure: three ghosts have sought her...


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The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker

Cynthia DeFelice
Square Fish

A Matter of Life or Death It's 1849, and twelve-year-old, Lucas Whitaker is all alone after his whole family dies of a disease called consumption which has...


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Bringing Ezra Back

Cynthia DeFelice
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

September 1840 marks five months since twelve-year-old Nathan Fowler’s life-threatening encounter with Weasel, the heartless man who stalked Nathan like a wild...


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One Potato, Two Potato

Cynthia DeFelice; Pictures by Andrea U'Ren
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady are so poor they have just one of everything to share – one potato a day, one chair, one blanket full of holes, and one gold coin for a...


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Under the Same Sky

Cynthia DeFelice
Square Fish

A teenager discovers racism and romance on his father’s farm For his fourteenth birthday, Joe Pedersen wants a motorbike that costs nearly a thousand...


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Casey in the Bath

Cynthia DeFelice; Pictures by Chris L. Demarest
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Casey's bathtub becomes another world! Cynthia DeFelice's Casey in the Bath first appeared in Cricket magazine and is one of her most popular stories --...


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