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The 2019-20 Tournaments Are Under Way!

State Guest Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Meet the author of the Missing series, Margaret Peterson Haddix, at the 2020 Power of the Pen State Tournament! This year’s tournament will take place Thursday and Friday, May 21-22, at the College of Wooster, with Haddix as the featured speaker on Friday afternoon. Students will have an opportunity to talk with Haddix during the book signing portion of the program.

Her most recent series, The Greystone Secrets, features a trio of siblings who discover eerie similarities between themselves and three strangers, leading them to uncover a dangerous secret that turns their world upside down.

An Ohio native, Haddix graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois.

She has since written more than 40 books for kids and teens, including Running Out of Time; Double Identity; Uprising; The Always War; the Greystone Secrets series; the Shadow Children series; the Missing series; the Children of Exile series; the Under Their Skin duology; and The Palace Chronicles. She also wrote Into the Gauntlet, the tenth book in the 39 Clues series.  Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages.

Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio. They are the parents of two grown kids.


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Young Writers Workshop

July 20-24, Day camp or overnight.

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