Melrose Cooper was inspired to write Life Magic after someone dear to her lost a close friend to AIDS. As a frequent speaker at urban elementary schools, Ms. Cooper is always surprised by the number of children whose lives are affected directly or indirectly by AIDS. She hopes that writing about the subject will make it a little easier for young readers to understand a very painful and difficult illness.
The mother of six children, a granddaughter, and many pets, Ms. Cooper lives in Hamburg, New York.
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
At twelve, Janelle wants nothing more than to be a writer. "Write what you know," advises her aunt Barbara. That seems like a riddle to Janelle: all she knows is her mama and her two little sisters,...