Individual Author Record
Name: Brenda A. FerberPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1967 in Skokie, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionFerber was born in Skokie and grew up in Highland Park. She now lives and works in Deerfield.
Biographical and Professional InformationBrenda Ferber graduated from the University of Michigan. She started out writing stories that were accepted by Ladybug magazine. In 2004, she submitted her first novel, then called Cara's Kitchen, to the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition, which she won. The manuscript was accepted for publication by Farrar Straus & Giroux, which published the book as Julia's Kitchen in 2006.
- Julia's Kitchen, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2006
- Jemma Hartma, Camper Extraordinaire, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
- The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine's Day Ever, 2012
Titles At Your Library
ISBN: 0374399328 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 2006
Cara Segal is a born worrier. She figures her worrying works like a whisper in God's ear – if Cara's concerned about car crashes, kidnappings, or murders, she lets God know, and he always
Complete with a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, this debut novel is a joyous tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit.
Julia's Kitchen is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire
ISBN: 0374336725 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 2009
Jemma Hartman knows that her first summer at beautiful Camp Star Lake is going to be amazing. There will be swimming, sailing, and overnight trips – not to mention her best friend, Tammy, who moved away a year ago. But when Tammy’s cousin, Brooke, decides to come to camp as well, Jemma’s perfect summer starts to crumble. Brooke never laughs at Jemma’s jokes, and she thinks she rules the cabin. She even convinces Tammy to be her sailing partner, sticking Jemma with the camp weirdo. Jemma just can’t understand why Tammy wants to spend all her time with Brooke. And is it really possible to make new friends but keep the old, like the song says, or does Jemma simply need to let go? Recalling the camp she attended as a child, Brenda A. Ferber offers an endearing look at friendships lost and found.
The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever
ISBN: 0803735057 Dial Books. 2012 Even boys will fall in love with this valentine!
Leon has a crush. A let-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountain kind of crush. And he's got the perfect valentine. But this valentine has no intention of getting caught up in any romantic conspiracy. "Love is yucky, kid! Valentine's Day is all about CANDY!" the card yells at Leon, before leaping out the window and running away, leaving Leon to chase it across town, collecting interested kids along the way.
Here is a hilarious take on the holiday that boys love to hate, the most complex holiday of them all. Saying "I love you" has never been so yucky or so sweet.