Cameron, Ann

Biography

Ann Cameron Ann Cameron was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, where she lived during the academic year. During the summer, she and her family lived in a cottage on Bear Lake, near Haugen, Wisconsin. She graduated from Radcliffe College, part of Harvard University.

After graduating from college, Cameron moved to New York to work for the publishers Harcourt, Brace, and then to the University of Iowa, where she earned an M.F.A. She has also lived in California, Guatemala, and in Portland, Oregon, where she currently lives.

Cameron’s life in Wisconsin was very influential on her work. She says that “Bear Lake is the model for ‘Lost Lake’ in The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods.” Cameron also says that in her books, she tries to give kids the experience of independence and a world that was almost separate from adults, which was the experience she had when she was a girl.

Cameron has won numerous awards for her writing, including: ALA Notable Children’s Book, Association for Childhood Education International Books for Children, Irma Simonton Black Award, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Parents’ Choice Award, Library of Congress Children’s Books of the Year, Association for Childhood Education International Books for Children Bibliography, Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice, Notable Social Studies Trade Books, and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year.

Selected Work

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods

Title: The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods

Author: Cameron, Ann, 1943-

Publisher: Puffin

Year: 1998

Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 0141306424; 978-0141306421

MARC Record

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods is a great book for girls, especially in 4th to 6th grade. At the beginning of the book, Amanda’s best friend moves away, leaving her feeling sad, alone, and uncertain. She has to figure out what is important to her, how to be herself, and how to relate to the people around her, both at school and within her family. It isn’t easy for her, but in the face of a lot of pressure from family members and at school, she begins to find her way.

Other Works

The Stories Julian Tells. Illustrated by Ann Strugnell. Random House, 1981.

More Stories Julian Tells. Illustrated by Ann Strugnell. Random House, 1986. Below, a hungry boy reads aloud from More Stories Julian Tells:

Colibri. Random House, 2003.

For a full bibliography, see Ann Cameron’s official website. Editorial note: If clicking on the book cover images on Cameron’s web page doesn’t open a new page in your browser, try right-clicking and then clicking “open link in a new window.”

More Information:

Ann Cameron’s Official Website

  • From the official web site, suggestions for parents, on how and what to read with their children, and other ways to nurture a love of learning and reading in children.

Random House Publishing’s Ann Cameron Website (with author Q&A)

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