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Thalia Kids' Book Club: Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall Ivy and Bean series
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 10/18/2012 at Symphony Space.

The New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the notable Ivy and Bean books talk with Jenny Brown (children's editor at Shelf Awareness) about the series that chronicles the adventures-and disasters-of two colorful, and very different, characters who form an unlikely friendship. Ages 6 - 10.

+ About the Artists

    Annie Barrows grew up in Northern California, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Medieval History. Unable to find a job in the middle ages, she decided upon a career as an editor, eventually landing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where she was in charge of "all the books that nobody in their right mind would publish." After earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Mills College, Annie wrote a number of books for grown-ups about such diverse subjects as fortune-telling (she can read palms!), urban legends (there are no alligators in the sewer!), and opera (she knows what they're singing about!). In 2003, Annie grew weary of grown-ups, and began to write for kids, which she found to be way more fun. Her first children's book, Ivy and Bean, an ALA Notable Book for 2007, was soon followed by other books in the series, including Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go and Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record

In between writing books about Ivy and Bean, Annie began to write The Magic Half. "I wrote the kind of book I loved as a kid—what I call regular magic, which means that it takes place in the same world we all live in, except that a magical event occurs. The Magic Half is a catalog of my favorite daydreams: a tiny door in an enchanted house, time travel, and twins." 

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