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Alison McGhee

Biography

Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee’s bestselling novel SHADOW BABY was a "Today Show" Book Club pick, and her picture book for adults, SOMEDAY, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She has been the recipient of four Minnesota Book Awards, the Geisel Medal, a MacDowell Colony residency, and several ALA awards.

Photo Credit: © Dani Werner

Books by Alison McGhee

by Alison McGhee and Joe Bluhm - Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Whininess, annoyingness, afraid of the darkness, refusal to eat lima beans and pulling brother’s hair. This is the criteria on which little sisters are graded. Inspired by the notes Alison McGhee’s own kids would write each other, this heavily illustrated collection of letters and messages from an older brother to his little sister reveal the special love --- or, at the very least, tolerance --- siblings have for each other.

by Alison McGhee and Ana Juan - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

The seaside town of Isla has many stories, the most notable being the legend of the Seafaring Parrot. Other stories surround a boy named Pablo, who had washed up on shore in a blow-up swimming pool as an infant with only a lavender parrot Birdy as a companion. Could Birdy be a Seafaring parrot? If she is, then she will be able to tell Pablo the true story of where he came from? But, if she is, that also means the second part of the Seafarer myth is true…that Seafaring Parrots will, eventually, fly away.

by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee - Children's 10+, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Social Issues

Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, better than best friends, they’d be identical twins if only they’d been born in the same year. And if only Sylvie wasn’t such a fast runner. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the river they’re not supposed to go anywhere near to throw a wish rock just before the school bus comes on a snowy morning, she runs so fast that no one sees what happens…and no one ever sees her again. Jules is devastated, but she refuses to believe what all the others believe, that, like their mother, her sister is gone forever. At the very same time, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born --- half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She too is fast and she senses danger.

written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

Whether exploring the wonders of the state fair, attempting to set a world record, or just relaxing with some pancakes and peanut butter, Bink and Gollie are irresistibly witty, imaginative, and adventurous — just the sort of friends young readers love. Now, in a boxed set, kids can savor all of their outrageously funny escapades, created by the brilliant pairing of authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee with illustrator Tony Fucile.

by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds

The angels are aflutter: a baby is soon to be born! One small angel can tell this baby is especially special by the way the other angels are dashing and fussing about. And holy moly, are their presents extraordinary. The little angel wants to give a present too, but, what could she possibly offer that is as worthy as the others’ gifts?

written by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss - Holiday, Picture

It’s Halloween night, and one very brave witch has decided to teach her little sister all about humans and what they enjoy, including some yucky stuff called “candy.” But when it seems the little Witchling thinks candy is yum, her big sister flies off to set her straight—and then she gets stuck in a tree! Good thing the little Witchling isn’t afraid to be brave!

written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile - Children's, Fiction, Friendship

Gollie is quite sure she has royal blood in her veins, but can Bink survive her friend’s queenly airs --- especially if pancakes are not part of the deal? Bink wonders what it would be like to be as tall as her friend, but how far will she stretch her luck to find out? And when Bink and Gollie long to get their picture into a book of record holders, where will they find the kudos they seek?

Written by Alison McGhee with illustrations by Isabel Roxas - Picture

The sheriff and his deputy dog have been charged with a mission: to bring a dozen donuts home safely. All seems to be going well until the young sheriff peeks inside the box to check on the tasty treats. They’re practically calling his name, and in the blink of an eye (and with just a few nibbles), a donut disappears! Wherever could that missing donut be?

written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Best friends Bink and Gollie continue their adventures together in yet another hilarious and touching collection of stories. This time, the dynamic duo attend the state fair where Bink hopes to attain the prize in the Whack-a-Duck game, Gollie yearns to dazzle at the talent show, and the two seek their destiny in the fortune teller's tent.

written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile - Children's, Fiction, Friendship

Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls --- one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving painfully bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.