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Lin Oliver

Biography

Lin Oliver

Lin Oliver was born in Los Angeles, California, and she studied English was a self-professed hippie at UCLA and UC Berkeley. After a brief teaching stint, she began writing children's educational books. Oliver worked at Universal Studios for eleven years, and she runs her own production company to this day. In 2002, she and Henry Winkler published the first in their Henry Zipzer: World's Best Underachiever series. They are now on their fifteenth entry. Oliver lives with her husband and three sons and continues to write children's literature. 

Books by Lin Oliver

by Lin Oliver, Henry Winkler, and Tim Heitz - Juvenile Fiction

Not only is Hank Zipzer the world's greatest underachiever, he's also a master at making lists. Now readers can revisit their favorites with this hilarious collection, which compiles some of the best lists from the books in the Hank Zipzer series. In one, Hank describes ten reasons why summer school stinks worse than his gym socks. In another, he offers ten creative ways to retrieve the permission slip you left under the Chinese vase at home.

by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Hank's class gets to take care of Principal Love's pet frog while he's away, and Hank is thrilled when he's selected to take it home for the weekend. But when he forgets to put the top back on the tank, Hank's excitement quickly turns to panic--the frog has escaped! The frog hunt is on, but time is running out. Hank needs to find that frog, and fast!

written by Lin Oliver, illustrated by Tomie dePaola - Poetry

For babies and toddlers, each moment is full of wonder and discovery. This delightful collection of original poems celebrates the everyday things that enthrall little ones, such as playing peekaboo, banging pots and pans, splashing at bath time, and cuddling at bedtime. Full of contagious rhythm and rhyme, this inviting picture book introduces young children to the sound of poetry.

by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver - Children's, Fiction

Hank has finally persuaded his dad to get the family a dog, and Hank couldn't be more excited! He falls in love with a little wiener dog chasing his tail and looking like a Cheerio. But when Cheerio gets loose in the park, Mr. Zipzer furiously announces that the dog must go. Can Hank convince his father that he wasn't the one who let Cheerio off his leash, or will he really lose his new pet and best friend?

by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver - Children's, Fiction

Hank is a kid who doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. In the first book in this new series, Hank's class is putting on a play, and Hank wants the lead part: Aqua Fly. But he freezes in his audition and can only buzz like a fly. His teacher creates a special part for Hank, a silent bookmark. This may seem like an insignificant role, but when his enemy, Nick McKelty, freezes during the performance, it's up to Hank to save the play!