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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Elise Monsell  

Pen Name: None

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Born: in

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Mary Elise Monsell lives in a Chicago suburb.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary received her BS from Northwestern University and her MA in teaching from National-Louis niversity. In addition to writing eight books she gives writing workshops to school children.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Underwear!
ISBN: 1435285956

Paw Prints 2008-05-22. 2008

Bismark the Buffalo is grumpy and unlovable until his friends teach him how to laugh and show him that wearing colorful underwear can be great fun.

The Mysterious Cases of MR. PIN: Vol. I
ISBN: 0595472478

Backinprint.com. 2007

Can a rock hopper penguin save Smiling Sally’s Diner from extortion? Meet Mr. Pin, just arrived from the South Pole, who has a sharp eye for clues, unusual talents, and a strong taste for chocolate.

“Lively plotting, staccato, deadpan delivery in whimsical parody of Dashiell Hammett

an economical style and carefully controlled repetition of ideas and phrases … and an engaging hero combine in these three genuinely funny, brief mysteries.”—Kirkus

An IRA/CBC Children’s Choice

“Kids will like this penguin detective … and will cheer him on.”—ALA Booklist

“An inviting, non-threatening, easy chapter book.”—School Library Journal

Crackle Creek
ISBN: 0689315643

Atheneum. 1990

Rival newspaper printers in Crackle Creek are brought together by an emergency.

Armadillo
ISBN: 0689316763

Atheneum. 1991

The other animals are concerned when Armadillo disappears into his house every time it rains, until they discover just how dry and cosy he is there

Toohy and Wood
ISBN: 0689317212

Atheneum. 1992

Mourning the death of his best friend, Pearl, a gray dove, in a fire, Toohy the fence lizard leaves his home and finds refuge with Wood, a poetry-writing turtle who helps Toohy find a new home and teaches him to read.

Mr. Pin: The Chocolate Files: Vol. II
ISBN: 0595473180

Backinprint.com. 2007

Will Mr. Pin survive a “case” of bad chocolate? Can priceless dinosaur eggs be found? And just who is Mort Chisel? In a second story, an opera conductor with a mysterious name disappears in a cloud of blue smoke.

Rave Reviews for Mr. Pin Books:

“Two more neatly plotted adventures of the penguin detective … staccato, deadpan delivery in whimsical parody of Dashiell Hammett … genuinely funny, brief mysteries.”—Kirkus

An IRA/CBC Children’s Choice

“Kids will like this penguin detective … and will cheer him on.”—ALA Booklist

“An inviting, non-threatening, easy chapter book.”—School Library Journal

Mr. Pin, Vol 3: The Spy Who Came North from the Pole
ISBN: 0671883992

Aladdin. 1995

Hoping to clear his name when a destructive look-alike shows up, Mr. Pin and Maggie search for clues involving a mysterious codebook before getting caught up in another mystery involving the Chicago Cub's star relief pitcher. Reprint.

A Fish Named Yum
ISBN: 0788709542

Recorded Books. 1998

An IRA/CBC Children's Choice Could master spy Gargoyle be back? And what would he want with an innocent fish? In a second story, Chicago shuts down and penguin detective Mr. Pin brings his chocolate expertise to the case.


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