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


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Gifted Book Series

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

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Gifted: Book Series

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

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Kaye reads from her book Gifted: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Hear author Marilyn Kaye read from her young adult fantasy novel Gifted: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Queen of Mean Amanda Beeson wakes up one morning to find herself in the body of one of her victims.

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Marilyn Kaye reads from Gifted: Finders Keepers

Listen to author Marilyn Kaye read from her young adult novel Gifted: Finders Keepers. In this YA fantasy, dead people don't make great companions--something Ken learns the hard way when he starts hearing ghostly voices.

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Marilyn Kaye reads from her book Gifted: Now You See Me

Hear author Marilyn Kaye read from her young adult novel Gifted: Now You See Me. In this YA contemporary fantasy, the Gifted class are getting suspicious that there's a spy in their midst. But who?

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Marilyn Kaye reads from Gifted: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hear author Marilyn Kaye read from her young adult fantasy novel Gifted: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. Emily Sanders has the gift of premonitions, but they aren’t always quite right.

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Marilyn Kaye reads from Gifted: Better Late Than Never

Listen to Marilyn Kaye reading from her young adult fantasy novel Gifted: Better Late Than Never. Goth girl Jenna Kelley can read people’s minds without even trying.

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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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Gifted Volume 2: Ken, Tracey, Carter
Gifted
Marilyn Kaye
Kingfisher

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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Gifted Volume 1: Amanda, Jenna, Emily
Gifted
Marilyn Kaye
Kingfisher

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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Gifted: Speak No Evil
Gifted
Marilyn Kaye
Kingfisher

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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Gifted: Now You See Me
Gifted
Marilyn Kaye
Kingfisher

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...


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Gifted: Finders Keepers
Gifted
Marilyn Kaye
Kingfisher

Dead people don't make great companions - something cute, athletic Ken finds out the hard way when, following an accident on the football field, he starts...


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Demon Chick

Marilyn Kaye
Henry Holt and Co.

Jessica may not have the warmest relationship with her mother, aspiring presidential candidate Margaret Hunsucker, but it still comes as a shock when she...


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Gifted: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Gifted
Marilyn Kaye
Kingfisher

Shy, dreamy Emily Sanders is able to foresee future events with the gift of premonitions, but they aren’t always quite right. With frustration, Emily can not...


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Gifted: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Gifted
Marilyn Kaye
Kingfisher

Queen of Mean Amanda Beeson, 13, gets the shock of her life when she wakes up one morning to find herself in the body of one of her victims, Tracey Devon....


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Gifted: Better Late Than Never
Gifted
Marilyn Kaye
Kingfisher

Goth girl Jenna Kelley has the ultimate tool to stage a teenage rebellion: she can read people’s minds without even trying. When her alcoholic mother is...


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Penelope

Marilyn Kaye; Introduction by Reese Witherspoon
St. Martin's Griffin

A modern-day fairytale--a major motion picture starring Christina Ricci, Catherine O'Hara, James McAvoy, and Reese Witherspoon. Penelope Wilhern has...


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