Kehret, Peg


Kehret has always loved to write. As a child, she wanted to be either a writer or a veterinarian; now she includes animals in most of her books. She was born on Nov. 11, 1936, in LaCrosse, WI, and grew up in Austin, Minnesota, and had a happy and normal childhood, and graduated from Austin High School and attended the University of Minnesota for one year. She married Carl Kehret in 1955, and moved to California two years later. They adopted two children, Bob and Anne. As a young mother, Kehret completed one more year of college. In 1970, Kehret and Carl moved to Washington State where she still lives. Before Kehret began writing books for children, she wrote radio commercials, plays, and magazine stories. She also published two nonfiction adult books. Her first book for kids (Winning Monologs for Young Actors) was published in 1985. Since then she has published many popular books for young people.

Kehret has won dozens of state Young Reader awards as well as the PEN Center Award in Children’s Literature, the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Henry Bergh Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA.)

Selected Work

Title: Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio

Author: Peg Kehret

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Year: 2006

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Format: Hardcover; 208 pages; 20.6 cm x 16.3 cm

ISBN: 0807574597; 978-0807574591

MARC Record

In l949, there were 42,000 cases reported in the U.S.; the author was the only one stricken in her hometown that year. She writes in an approachable, familiar way, and readers will be hooked from the first page on. The author details her diagnosis, treatment, frustration, and pain. Although this is an excellent record of the progress of the disease, it is also a fascinating account of how an ordinary girl with crushes and homecoming dreams had to live for part of her adolescence in an artificial, restricted environment. (From

Other Works

The Stranger Next Door. Puffin, 2008.

Spy Cat. Puffin, 2008

Abduction. Puffin, 2006.

The Ghost’s Grave. Puffin, 2007.

Runaway Twin. Dutton Juvenile, 2009.

Stolen Children. Puffin, 2010. New York State Reading Association’s Charlotte Award, 2010.

More works of Peg Kehret could be found here.

More information

Peg Kehret’s Website

Peg Kehret’s Facebook

Official Publisher Page: Peg Kehret


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