Joseph Monninger

Joseph Monninger has published several award-winning YA novels and three books of nonfiction, including the memoir Home Waters, and has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He lives and teaches in New Hampshire, where he also runs a dog sled team.

Books by this Author

The World As We Know It
Eternal on the Water


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. What you lose in the whirlygig, you get back in the ding dong.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I'm not sure about my greatest achievement, but being a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa was probably the "hardest" thing I've ever done...and therefore maybe my biggest achievement.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I've always wondered what it would have been like to have been an indigenous member of a group in, say, Hawaii before it was discovered by Europeans. Or Fiji. Or California and Oregon. It seems like it would have been a wonderful way of living.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I could say corny stuff about my wife and son, but I don't think that's what this question is after. I guess I'll say that I've recently been impressed by the young people who are starting up non-profits to help others. That gives me hope..

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I always liked Robin Hood. When my son was growing up, I became a fan of Encyclopedia Brown.