Paula Danziger

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Paula Danziger (August 18, 1944-July 8, 2004) was an American author of children's and young adult literature.

Personal life[change | change source]

Danziger was born in Washington, D.C. to Samuel and Carolyn Danziger. Though she struggled in school as a child, she attended Montclair State University in New Jersey and earned a degree in 1967. She was a middle school teacher in New Jersey from 1967-1978 while studying for a Master's degree. Her studies were interrupted when she was in a car crash, where a drunk driver hit her car, and she slammed her head against the front window which caused her to have brain damage.[1] In 1978 she left teaching to write full-time.

Although readers loved her books because of the humor, some critics called them superficial and generic. Others praised her work for tackling real-life issues.[2]

Danziger died in 2004 after complications from a heart attack. She was 59.[1]

Awards[change | change source]

Some of the awards Danziger's work received:

Publications[change | change source]

  • The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. Delacorte, 1974.
  • The Pistachio Prescription. Delacorte, 1978.
  • Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice?. Delacorte, 1979.
  • There's a Bat in Bunk Five. Delacorte, 1980.
  • The Divorce Express. Delacorte, 1982.
  • It's an Aardvark-Eat-Turtle World. Delacorte, 1985.
  • This Place Has No Atmosphere. Delacorte, 1986.
  • Remember Me to Harold Square. Delacorte, 1987.
  • Everyone Else's Parents Said Yes. Delacorte, 1989.
  • Make Like a Tree and Leave. Delacorte, 1990.
  • Earth to Matthew. Delacorte, 1991.
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars. Delacorte, 1992.
  • Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's, 1994.
  • Thames Doesn't Rhyme with James. Putnam's, 1994.
  • You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's, 1995.
  • Amber Brown Goes Fourth, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's Sons, 1995.
  • Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's Sons, 1996.
  • Forever Amber Brown, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam, 1996.
  • Amber Brown Sees Red, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam, 1997.
  • With Ann M. Martin, P.S. Longer Letter Later. Scholastic, 1998.
  • With Ann M. Martin, Snail Mail No More. 2000.
  • Amber Brown is Feeling Blue, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's, 1998.
  • Contributed with other various authors to It's Super to Be Six and It's Terrific to be Ten, published by Scholastic.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Paula Danziger." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Biography in Context. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.
  2. "Paula Danziger." Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Biography in Context. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.
  • "Paula Danziger." St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers. Gale, 1999. Biography in Context. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.
  • Cech, John. "Martin, Ann M." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2015. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.
  • Danziger, Paula. "Paula Danziger Interview Transcript." Scholastic Teachers. Scholastic, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.