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Annie Barrows

Biography

Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows was born in 1962 in San Diego, California, but quickly moved to a small town called San Anselmo in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent most of her childhood at the library. She wouldn’t leave, so they hired her to shelve books at the age of 12.

Annie attended UC Berkeley and received a B. A. in Medieval History. She knows more than the average person about third-century saints. Under the impression that a career in publishing meant she’d get to read a lot, Annie became a proofreader at an art magazine and later an editor at a textbook publishing company. In 1988, Chronicle Books hired Annie as an editorial assistant, from which platform she became successively assistant editor, managing editor, Editor and Senior Editor. Somewhere in this trajectory, she acquired GRIFFIN & SABINE, Chronicle’s first New York Times bestseller.

In 1996, Annie received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College and had a baby, a confluence of events that persuaded her to leave editorial work and move into writing. She wrote several nonfiction books on topics ranging from fortune-telling to opera before turning her attention to children’s books. In 2006, the first book in her children’s series, Ivy + Bean, was published. This title, an ALA Notable Book for 2007, was followed by nine others. The Ivy + Bean series appears with some regularity on the New York Times bestseller list and a number of other national bestseller lists. The Ivy + Bean books have been translated into 14 languages; in 2013 "Ivy + Bean: The Musical" premiered in the San Francisco Bay Area. A novel for older children, THE MAGIC HALF, was published by BloomsburyUSA in 2008. Its sequel, MAGIC IN THE MIX, came out in 2014.

In addition to her children’s books, Annie is the co-author, with her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, which was published by The Dial Press in 2008. A New York Times bestseller, THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY has been published in 37 countries and 32 languages.

Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Annie Barrows

Books by Annie Barrows

written by Annie Barrows; read by Ann Marie Lee, Tara Sands, Julia Whelan and others - Fiction, Historical Fiction
by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Fiction, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Watch out, you diabolical masterminds! There's a new detective on Pancake Court: Bean! She laughs at danger! She solves even the most mysterious mysteries! What? There aren't any mysteries? Then Bean and her assistant, Ivy, will make some!

by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Friendship

Bean's older sister, Nancy, is going to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp, where she will do crafts and music and first aid and other secret things that Bean will never know about because you have to be eleven to go to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp. Bean doesn't care. She doesn't want to go to camp. She wouldn't go even if they begged her. So ha. So ha ha. So --- wait a second! Bean and Ivy can make their own camp, their own better camp. Welcome to Camp Flaming Arrow, where counselors Ivy and Bean will give a whole new meaning to crafts, music, first aid and hands-on learning! 

by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Friendship

How are Ivy and Bean going to make the ten dollars they really need to buy something super-special? Hey, maybe they should write a newspaper about Pancake Court and sell it! Great idea! And easy, too. All they have to do is snoop around the neighborhood...

by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Friendship

It's the Science Fair, and the second grade is all over it! Some kids are making man-eating robots. Some kids are holding their breath for a very, very long time. Some kids are doing interesting things with vacuum cleaners. The theme, obviously, is global warming. But what should Ivy and Bean do? Something involving explosions? Or ropes? Something with ice cubes? Or maybe...maybe something different. 

by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Friendship

Finally! After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want...well, not exactly. When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out of it without breaking their promises. 

by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Friendship

Ivy and Bean decide to be so good and kind and pure of thought that wild animals will befriend them. When this doesn't work, they decide that perhaps a little badness can be good.

by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Friendship

The two girls hatch a plan to prove that Bean's big sister is the world's worst babysitter. Of course plans go awry, but fun ensues! 

by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Friendship

World record fever grips the second grade, and soon Ivy and Bean are trying to set their own record by becoming the youngest people to have ever discovered a dinosaur. But how hard is it to find one?

by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Friendship

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide --- quick --- Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other.

by Annie Barrows - Children's 6-9, Friendship

There's a ghost in the school bathroom! Ivy and Bean can see its cloudy form and its glowing eyes. They can hear its moaning voice. This is the best thing that ever happened at school --- until the teachers find out. Now Ivy and Bean have to figure out how to get the ghost out of the bathroom!