Bonnie Shimko

Bonnie Shimko

I'm a former second-grade teacher and the author of four young adult books. I was a late bloomer--didn't start writing until after I retired. My first novel, Letters in the Attic, won a Lambda Literary Award and then went on to be published in Chinese and Italian. My third book, The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye, was a 2011 Best Book for YA and received two starred reviews. You Know What You Have To Do will be published in March. I'm thrilled that it's already received nice endorsements: "I wish--oh, how I wish--that I'd written this myself!" --Lois Duncan "Dexter meets Judy Blume!" --Ellen Bass "This is a thriller: fast-paced, bold, and raw" --Tim Wynne-Jones "Frightening and Poignant" --Lesley Kagen "It's a fast-moving tale with an engagingly complex protagonist." --Kirkus "Is this American Psycho for teens?" --Booklist I'm lucky to have discovered a second career. It's so exciting to know that people I've never met are reading my words. My cocker spaniel, Matilda, helps me by listening as I read the day's work aloud to her. She doesn't give much feedback, though.
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