Individual Author Record
Name: Michele Weber HurwitzPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionWeber Hurwitz grew up in Skokie and currently lives in Buffalo Grove, a northwest suburb of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationMichele Weber Hurwitz has a journalism degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked as a publicist, freelance magazine writer, and newspaper columnist.
- Calli Be Gold , Wendy Lamb Books , 2011
- The Summer I Saved the World...in 65 Days, Ember, 2015
- Ethan Marcus Stands Up, Aladdin, 2017
Titles At Your Library
Calli Be Gold
ISBN: 0385739702 Wendy Lamb Books. 2011 Eleven-year-old Calli Gold is the quiet third child in a family of loud overachievers. In fact, the family motto is Be Gold. Calli's sister is on an ice-skating team, and her brother's a basketball star. Her parents are sure she has a hidden gift for something. They just have to figure out what it is! But Calli has flopped at everything she's tried. She sure doesn't feel like a Gold.
Until a new person enters her life. Second grader Noah Zullo might seem strange to some people, but Calli can't help liking him, and they become partners in their school's Peer Helper Program. When they create a booth for the Friendship Fair, they fill it with secrets and surprises. And as Calli and Noah work and learn together, they even surprise themselves.
Michele Weber Hurwitz's debut is an endearing and gently humorous story about the true meaning of achievement and the important things an "ordinary" kid has to offer.
Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Minnesota)
Bluestem Readers’ Choice Award (Illinois)
The Summer I Saved the World . . . in 65 Days
ISBN: 0385371098 Ember. 2015
It's summertime, and thirteen-year-old Nina Ross is feeling kind of lost. Her beloved grandma died last yearher parents work all the time her brother's busy and her best friend is into clothes, makeup, and boys. While Nina doesn't know what "her thing" is yet, it's definitely not shopping and makeup. And it's not boys, either. Though . . . has Eli, the boy next door, always been so cute?
This summer, Nina decides to change things. She hatches a plan. There are sixty-five days of summer. Every day, she'll anonymously do one small but remarkable good thing for someone in her neighborhood, and find out: does doing good actually make a difference? Along the way, she discovers that her neighborhood, and her family, are full of surprises and secrets.
In this bighearted, sweetly romantic novel, things may not turn out exactly as Nina expects. They might be better.
Finalist forthe Golden Sower Award (Nebraska)
Nominated forthe Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards
Nominated for the Sunshine State Young Readers Award (Florida)
Ethan Marcus Stands Up
ISBN: 1481489259 Aladdin. 2017 “A thoughtful next step for readers of Andrew Clements.” —BCCB
Multiple points of view lead to multiple theories about what really happened after one kid turns a punishment into a protest in this hilarious novel from Michele Weber Hurwitz.
Perennial good kid Ethan Marcus has just done the unthinkable: refuse to stay seated during class. He’s not causing a riot he’s not wandering around he’s just sick of sitting. But the rules aren’t designed for Ethan, and so he is sent to the principal’s office.
When Ethan’s sentence results in a Reflection Day—McNutt Middle School’s answer to detention—his faculty advisor suggests that Ethan channel the energy that caused his “transgression” by entering the school’s Invention Day Competition. Ethan is not exactly Mark Zuckerberg, so he doubts his ability to make anything competition-worthy. That’s the department of his slightly older sister Erin. But as Ethan and his buddy Brian get into the assignment, they realize they might actually have something.
Enter Romanov, the resident tech whiz, who refuses to give them tips. But Erin is furious at her formally slacker—now traitor—brother. Meanwhile, Erin’s friend Zoe is steering clear of Erin’s drama after realizing that she may be crushing on Ethan. Then there’s Brian who has bigger things to worry about, and finally loner kid Wesley, who may know more than others realize…
Told in the perspectives of multiple students, discover what really happened on the day that one kid decided to take a stand against sitting down.