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Leslie Connor


Leslie Connor

Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, including WAITING FOR NORMAL, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, CRUNCH, MISS BRIDIE CHOSE A SHOVEL, and the young adult novels DEAD ON TOWN LINE and THE THINGS YOU KISS GOODBYE. She lives with her family in Connecticut.

Photo Credit: J.F. Connor

Books by Leslie Connor

by Leslie Connor - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, but he can barely read or write because of his learning disabilities. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard and Mason was a lead suspect. As the investigation drags on, both Mason and his new friend, Calvin, are relentlessly bullied, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny. But will anyone believe him?

by Leslie Connor - Children's 8-12, Family Life, Mystery

Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth --- and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from...but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?

by Leslie Connor - Fiction, Young Adult 10+

Dewey Marriss is stuck in a crunch. He never guessed that the gas pumps would run dry the same week he promised to manage the family's bicycle-repair business. Suddenly everyone needs a bike. And nobody wants to wait.