Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published her first book, The Goose Girl, an ALA Teens’ Top Ten. Enna Burning and River Secrets are companion books to Goose. Princess Academy is a Newbery Honor Book and New York Times best seller. Austenland, her first book for adults, is a Book Sense pick. She and her husband are co-writing a series of graphic novles for kids. They reside in Salt Lake City with their toddler son, baby daughter, and their pet, a small, plastic pig.
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||January 26, 1974|
||Salt Lake City, UT |
||Dean Hale |
||Max (b. 2003) |
Magnolia (b. 2006)
||Bachelor's Degree in English from University of Utah|
Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Montana
||Writer, 2003-Present |
||Enna Burning is 2004 Association for Mormon Letters Award in the Young Adult Novel; and American Library Association Notable Book 2006|
The Goose Girl is 2003 Association for Mormon Letters honorable mention in the Young Adult Novel; Mythopoeic Fantasy Award nominee 2004 (children’s); Utah Book Award 2003 (children’s/young adult); ALA Teens' Top Ten and Josette Frank Award winner (2003)
River Secrets is 2006 Association of Mormon Letters honorable mention in the Novel 2006
Princess Academy is a Newbery Honor Book (2006); New York Times best seller; American Library Association Notable Book 2006; 2005 Association for Mormon Letters Award in the Young Adult Novel; and Publisher’s Weekly “Off the Cuff” Award (Cuffies) honorable mention 2005 (favorite novel)
Austenland is a Book Sense pick
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||Studied in Mexico and the United Kingdom|
Lives with her husband and two children in South Jordan, UT
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