Marion Dane Bauer

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother's Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at
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From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes the tale of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boy–a match made in heaven, if only the two can meet.

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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Life is a gift.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Just me.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Arriving intact in my eighth decade, still open, still learning, still glad to be here.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I've made lots of misteps in my life, but there isn't much I regret, because all brought me to this moment.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The women who homesteaded the upper plains in the Midwest.

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July 22, 2014

“You should write a memoir.”

Various folks have said that to me over the years, and always I’ve had the same response: “I couldn’t possibly do that. I’ve made it a firm rule of my writing life never to write about people I know, and how could I write a memoir without invading the privacy of those who have shared my life?”

But then one day for reasons that had nothing to do with memoirs, I wrote a verse entitled “Remembering Peter.” It was about my son, his coming into the world and his leaving it, and once I’d gotten past having said some things “aloud” that I... see more

July 15, 2014

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July 09, 2014

Ruth Graham and published in Slate. In it she says, “Adults should feel embarrassed about reading literature written for children.” And she follows it by saying,... see more

July 07, 2014

I knew “beyond the pale” was the phrase I wanted to use, but I had to check to be certain of its literal meaning. Pale, I discovered, means fence or barrier. The idiom is defined at as “beyond the limits of propriety, courtesy, protection, safety, etc.” All of which fits what I intend to say.

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