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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. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Emotional honesty, openness, empathy.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Walking outside and cooking.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I care about and am interested in other people.

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

A. Just me.

Author Voices

October 22, 2014

A. Powell Davies

There is no mystery greater than our own mystery. We are, to ourselves, unknown. And yet we do know. The thought we cannot quite think is nevertheless somehow a thought, and it lives in us without our being able to think it. We are a mystery, but we are a living mystery. The most alive thing about us is what we are when thought breaks off and our mind... see more

October 15, 2014

recent blogs. Just that. “Boo-hoo!”

Then she—I assume it was a she, though there was no name attached—came back to clarify. “Well, after all, she’s published, isn’t she?”

And I laughed.

How well I remember feeling that way. It was a long time ago, but the memory is clear. If I could get... see more

October 09, 2014

Creative people are comfortable with not knowing yet.

—an unknown jazz musician

How that quote resonates with me! And challenges me at the same time. Because the truth is that “comfortable” doesn’t quite fit. I understand that part of creation is accepting those times when I don’t know yet, can’t know, have to wait . . . and wait . . . and wait. But it would be a gross exaggeration to say I am “comfortable” with such a state of affairs.

Recently I have set other work... see more

October 01, 2014

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