Janey and the Famous Author

Janey and the Famous Author

By Mary Downing Hahn; Timothy Bush (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618354085, 48pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2005


Third-grader Janey is never without a Bob the Dog Detective book by her favorite author, Lily May Appleton. She sneaks reading time during school and is often scolded for letting her mind wander. Janey snaps to attention, though, when her teacher mentions Ms. Appleton’s name. The author is scheduled to speak at a children’s literature festival, and Janey’s class will have a chance to meet her!

At last the big day comes, but once again Janey’s daydreaming gets her into trouble. She becomes separated from her class and completely misses the session with Ms. Appleton. Lost and devastated, Janey is consoled by a kind stranger who claims to be none other than—Lily May Appleton!

About the Author

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children's librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.

Praise For Janey and the Famous Author

"A wish-fulfillment tale that will turn any author groupie (or author, for that matter) green with envy." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"Short and appealing, this speaks to any child who has a favorite author." -BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA