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.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Life is a gift.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Right here in my home in front of my computer looking out the window at a spruce tree.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Emotional honesty, openness, empathy.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Running out of stories I want to write . . . but it doesn't seem to be happening.

Q. What’s your best quality?

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

Author Voices

December 19, 2014

When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.

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December 19, 2014

I have mentioned several times in the past months that I am working on a memoir in verse. I’ve even announced a title and then, when I returned to talking about the memoir again, found myself announcing a different one. So I’ll start these musings with an announcement of yet another title: When Even Grief Lives Far Away: a Memoir.

We’ll see whether this... see more

December 19, 2014

A friend of mine has recently decided to read her way through every book I have ever published. I was amazed that she wanted to do it, that anyone would, but, naturally, happy to supply her with reading material. She hasn’t only been making her way through a stack of picture books and novels, however. She does me the even greater favor of commenting on and asking questions about each of the longer works as she finishes it.

The last round of our discussion came down to one fundamental question: Why do you write about such hard topics? Especially for young readers. She wasn't complaining, just asking.

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December 19, 2014

Last week I wrote about my beginnings as a children’s writer, what had brought me to the hard truths that often form the core of my stories. But I wrote about only one level of that beginning, my discovery that it was possible to write hard truths, even for a young audience, and to be published. That discovery excited and motivated me and sent me sailing into my first novel.

What I didn’t talk about... see more

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