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Paula Danziger
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote... show more



Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. It was non-stop for Danziger since then. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books as well as Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards. Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children's Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. "I want people who want to become writers to read lots, write and rewrite lots, take acting lessons to learn about character development, observe people and not to be afraid of not being perfect. As for those people who don't want to be writers, I hope that you will always continue to read and also not be afraid of not being perfect." "I have two sets of heroes: One--bright, creative teachers, who manage to stay in the classroom. And, two--people who have difficult childhoods and manage to use the experiences to grow into caring, understanding adults."

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Birth date: August 18, 1944
Died: July 08, 2004
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 5 years ago
This is the sequel to The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. I don't remember if I liked it the first time I read it as a kid, but as an adult, it lost me. Too much angst, too much self-flagellation on Marcy's part, and the romance angle felt forced (mostly because the author skips the details and just focuses o...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 5 years ago
Paula Danzinger was another staple author of my early adolescence. She doesn't hold a candle to Judy Blume for emotional or moral/ethical depth, but she still wrote a number of compellingly readable titles filled with humor and a realistic amount of angst. Marcy is in ninth grade and she's shy, h...
Staley's Bookshelf
Staley's Bookshelf rated it 6 years ago
I had forgotten about this series until it was mentioned in our text for Dr. Raulston's class. Amber Brown is a girl who has two colors for a name and the books are about her day-to-day life in school. In this particular one she starts 4th grade. The books are written on a 3rd grade level but they c...
Reading with cats
Reading with cats rated it 9 years ago
3.5 stars
Howdy YAL!
Howdy YAL! rated it 9 years ago
Read this one a long time ago. Probably one of the first YA books I smuggled from my sister's room way back in the days when people were worried about Y2K and not the Mayan prophecy (yeah, I'm that old). It's pretty good. Very vanilla by today's YA's standards. But it has a nostalgic feel about ...
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