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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of seven young adult novels, including multiple award winner The Goose Girl and Newbery Honor book Princess Academy. She also penned three books for adults, including Austenland, which spawned an upcoming motion picture starring Keri Russell. She co-wrote the hit graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack with husband Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah.
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New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published The Goose Girl, the first book in her award-winning Books of Bayern series. She has two standalone books for young readers--Book of a Thousand Days, a Cybils award winner, and Princess Academy, a Newbery Honor Book. Her books for the adult crowd are Austenland (soon to be a major motion picture), Midnight in Austenland, and The Actor and the Housewife. With her husband Dean, Shannon wrote two graphic novels: Rapunzel's Revenge, winner of the Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award, and its acclaimed sequel, Calamity Jack. Shannon's most recent book is the bestselling sequel to Princess Academy, Palace of Stone. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages and studied in many classrooms from elementary schools to universities. She spends her days as a fulltime mom to four young children near Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Shannon's mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in nonsensical baby-talk. Once she could speak, she made up stories and bribed younger siblings to perform them in mini-plays until, thankfully, an elementary school teacher introduced her to the wonder of written fiction. At age 10, she began to write books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine.
She continued to write secretly for years while pursuing acting in television, stage, and improv comedy and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah. Shannon was finally forced out of the writers' closet when she received her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.
A few years and many rejections later, she published her first book, The Goose Girl, an ALA Teens' Top Ten and Josette Frank Award winner. Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born. continue the award-winning Books of Bayern series. Princess Academy is a Newbery Honor winner and a New York Times best seller. Book of a Thousand Days received a Cybils award and was featured on many best of the year lists. Her first book for adults, Austenland, spawned a movie which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Shannon co-wrote the screenplay with director Jerusha Hess. The film, starring Keri Russell, was sold to Sony for summer '13 release. A companion novel, Midnight in Austenland, is now in paperback. Her third book for adults, The Actor and the Housewife, was the City Weekly readers' choice winner for best novel of the year. She and her husband Dean co-wrote the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge, an Al Roker's Book Club for Kids selection, and its sequel, Utah Book Award winner Calamity Jack.
Shannon's most recent book is the bestselling sequel to Princess Academy, Palace of Stone. She makes her home near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, with her super-human husband, their four young children, and their pet, a small plastic pig.
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Embracing the Child
Salt Lake Tribune