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Marilyn Kaye

Marilyn Kaye

Marilyn Kaye lives in Paris, France. She taught children’s and teen literature at St. John’s University in New York and has written over 100 books for young readers, including the Gifted series.

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  • Gifted Book Series

    Nine Teenagers. Nine Secrets. An Ordinary Middle School with a Few Extraordinary Exceptions

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Q & A

Where did you grow up? 

Atlanta, Georgia

 

What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing? 

I can’t remember NOT making up stories.

 

What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?

I had a story to tell.

 

Do you use your childhood as inspiration?

Rarely.

 

What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?

Childhood—anything by Noel Streatfield; also, Little Women, and the books of Maud Hart Lovelace.  As an adult—Catcher in the Rye, Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, and about a million others.

 

What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?

Learning French, travel

 

Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you? 

I loved all the books by the late Robert Cormier—I liked his attitude toward realism.

 

What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?

Write every day; keep a diary.

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

About the Series Meadowbrook Middle School is an ordinary school with ordinary students-except for the Nine. These students look like the others, but they're not. You could call...

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About the Series Meadowbrook Middle School is an ordinary school with ordinary students-except for the Nine. These students look like the others, but they're...

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About the Series Meadowbrook Middle School is an ordinary school with ordinary students-except for the Nine. These students look like the others, but they're not....

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The Gifted class are getting suspicious that there's a spy in their midst. But who? The chief suspect is queen-of-mean Amanda, who's started acting out of character and volunteering in...

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