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Elizabeth Rusch


Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch is an award-winning children's book author and magazine writer. She writes both fiction and nonfiction in the areas of science, art, sports, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud --- anything that catches her fancy. 
Rusch’s literary awards include the Kay Snow Literary Award, a Maggie Award, and an Oregon Literary Fellowship, among others. She teaches nonfiction and children’s literature at the Attic Institute and speaks widely at schools and writing conferences. To learn more about her books, articles, awards, school visits, and speaking engagements, please visit her website at Elizabeth Rusch is a member of the Ink Think Tank and blogs about nonfiction writing on the Interesting Nonfiction for Kids blog at You can also read the blog about critique and the writing process run by her talented critique group the Viva Scrivas at Liz lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, her two children, and her dog Reba.

Elizabeth Rusch

Books by Elizabeth Rusch

by Elizabeth Rusch and Karin Anderson - Children's 10-12, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Science
Asteroids bombard our atmosphere all the time. Some are harmless, burning up in a flash of light. But others explode with a great sonic boom, smashing windows and throwing people to the ground. Worst of all, some asteroids strike our planet, blasting out massive craters and destroying everything nearby on impact. Follow the award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch into the field with scientists as they search for dangerous asteroids in space, study asteroids that have smashed into the ground, and make plans to prevent an asteroid strike if one ever threatens our planet.
Written by Elizabeth Rusch with illustrations by Marjorie Priceman. - Biography, Children's 4-8, History, Music
Elizabeth Rusch and Marjorie Priceman team up to tell the inspiring story of the invention of the world’s most popular instrument: the piano. Bartolomeo Cristofori coaxes just the right sounds from the musical instruments he makes. Some of his keyboards can play piano, light and soft; others make forte notes ring out, strong and loud, but Cristofori longs to create an instrument that can be played both soft and loud.
Written by Elizabeth Rusch with illustrations by Mike Lawrence - Children's, Fiction, Mystery, Superhero , Youth Fiction

Max may be the cleanest middle-school kid in the world --- his neat-freak parents make certain of that. But what's behind their mysterious fear of mud? When Max finds himself face-down in a murky puddle, muddy from head to toe, he discovers something amazing: Mud gives him super powers. But there's more going on in Marsh Creek --- and in his family --- than he could ever imagine.

by Elizabeth Rusch and Oliver Dominguez - Children's, Education, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Technology

When a Serbian boy named Nikola Tesla was three, he stroked his cat and was enchanted by the electrical sparks. By the time he was a teenager, he had made a vow: Someday I will turn the power of Niagara Falls into electricity. Here is the story of the ambitious young man who brought life-changing ideas to America, despite the obstructive efforts of his hero-turned-rival, Thomas Edison.