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Susan Wojciechowski - book author

Susan Wojciechowski was a children's librarian for many years. "Every December," she says, "I read the same two or three classic Christmas stories aloud to the children. I tried to find another one I wanted to read and couldn't. So I wrote THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY. I've never written anything that way before. It just came through me in a flood of inspiration and was finished in less than an hour." THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY proved an enormous success, selling out its first printing long before Christmas Day. In addition, it won numerous honors, including the Christopher Award for "affirming the highest values of the human spirit" and Britain's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, and was a finalist for a National Book Award.

Following the success of THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY, Susan Wojciechowski wrote the acclaimed middle-grade novel BEANY (NOT BEANHEAD)! This time, inspiration came when she was in bed with a cold. "Beany just stayed there, and by the time I was well, the stories were written," she says. Beany has since had more adventures in BEANY AND THE MAGIC CRYSTAL and BEANY AND THE DREADED WEDDING, both of which were honored with a Parents' Choice Gold Award, and more recently, BEANY GOES TO CAMP and BEANY AND THE MEANY.


Along with the time she spends writing, Susan Wojciechowski makes many visits to schools, where she shows slides and talks about her books and her own life. Among the information she shares with children is the fact that, like many of them, she had no interest in writing when she was growing up. "In regard to writing for children, I like to create realistic kid role models," she says, "like Beany, who is not perfect, but tries hard." A native of Rochester, New York, Susan Wojciechowski now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband.

Susan Wojciechowski is the author of books: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, A Fine St. Patrick's Day, Don't Call Me Beanhead!, The Best Halloween of All, Beany Goes to Camp, Beany and the Dreaded Wedding, Beany and the Meany, Beany and the Magic Crystal, Classic Christmas Collection, Beany (Not Beanhead)

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Booksellers, reviewers, and readers immediately embraced The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey as a moving tale of the spirit and generosity all people hold in their hearts, especially during the holidays. And now this stunning gift set invites friends and family to gather and enjoy the magic of holiday storytelling at its finest.
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Every St. Patrick's Day two Irish towns compete for the best decorations. But no one has counted on a stranger arriving who will turn the contest upside down. Full color.
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BEANY (NOT BEANHEAD) introduces Bernice Lorraine Sherwin-Hendricks, aka Beany — a girl with twenty-three freckles, a bossy best friend, and a tendency to worry over just about everything!

With Susan Wojciechowski's sure-handed touch for capturing the real concerns of a regular kid, this enormously entertaining Beany book will have middle-grade readers laughing with recognition.
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Susan Wojciechowski and Susan Meddaugh weave a laugh-out-loud tale about one boy's ghosts from Halloweens past.

Ever since Ben was a baby, his parents have concocted wild costumes for him on Halloween. He has been a magician's rabbit (complete with a giant top hat), a bunch of grapes, even a slice of Swiss cheese! Ben has hated every one of these costumes. But now that Ben is seven, he decides to take matters into his own hands and construct a costume that makes this the best Halloween of all! Susan Wojciechowski, award-winning author of THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY, and Susan Meddaugh, creator of MARTHA SPEAKS and MARTHA CALLING, have conjured up a very special Halloween treat!
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With Susan Wojciechowski's sure-handed touch for capturing the real concerns of a regular kid, this enormously entertaining Beany book will have middle-grade readers laughing with recognition.

In BEANY GOES TO CAMP, school is out, but Beany does not want to go to Camp Onondaga! A funny, famililar tale of angst -- and unexpected accomplishment -- at summer camp.
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With Susan Wojciechowski's sure-handed touch for capturing the real concerns of a regular kid, this enormously entertaining Beany book will have middle-grade readers laughing with recognition.

BEANY AND THE DREADED WEDDING finds Beany invited to be both flower girl and ring bearer at her cousin's wedding. Now Beany has plenty of new reasons for losing sleep!
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In Beany's latest adventure, the lovable worrywart gets stuck with a meany for a science-fair partner but discovers the confidence - and the smarts - to hold her own.

It starts out being a good day, as Beany and her best friend, Carol Ann, sit together on the school bus, happily planning a backyard campout. But that's before Beany learns there's a new kid in class, a fun girl with whom Carol Ann is matched up as guide and welcoming committee. And it's definitely before Ms. Babbitt announces there's going to be a science fair - and suddenly everyone's paired with a partner but Beany and Kevin Gates, the notorious class meany. How can timid Beany work with a bully who bosses her around and calls her names (even if he's surprisingly good at science)? Will she ever work up the nerve to tell him her own great idea for clinching their science project?
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With Susan Wojciechowski's sure-handed touch for capturing the real concerns of a regular kid, this enormously entertaining Beany book will have middle-grade readers laughing with recognition.

In BEANY AND THE MAGIC CRYSTAL, Beany finds a magic wishing crystal — but there's a slight problem. The crystal grants just one wish, and Beany, ever the worrywart, can't decide what to wish for.
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This stunning slipcase makes a truly wonderful seasonal gift. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey sees a grumpy old man and a lonely mother and son make friends; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens tells the famous story of how miserly Ebenezer Scrooge learns the error of his ways and rekindles the joys of Christmas spirit; and O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi is the wonderful story of a poor young couple who try to buy each other something special for Christmas and end up giving each other the greatest gift of all. This is a timeless Christmas collection.
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BEANY (NOT BEANHEAD) introduces Bernice Lorraine Sherwin-Hendricks, aka Beany — a girl with twenty-three freckles, a bossy best friend, and a tendency to worry over just about everything!

With Susan Wojciechowski's sure-handed touch for capturing the real concerns of a regular kid, this enormously entertaining Beany book will have middle-grade readers laughing with recognition.