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Haddix, Margaret Peterson

Washington Court House

Born: April 9, 1964

Ohio connection: Birth 

Margaret Peterson was born on April 9, 1964 and grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio.  Her father, John Albert Peterson was a farmer and her mother, Marilee Grace Peterson worked as a nurse.  Margaret received her B.A. in creative writing and journalism from Miami University of Ohio in 1986. She worked as a copy editor on The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana and then as a reporter for the Indianapolis News. In 1987 she married another reporter, Doug Haddix. When they moved to Danville, Illinois, four years later, after Doug had accepted a new job as a newspaper editor, Margaret decided it was time to pursue her dream of writing fiction as well as fact. Taking a series of temporary and part-time jobs, such as teaching at a community college, she drew on stories she had heard as a reporter to try her hand at writing novels. Margaret Peterson Haddix currently makes her home in Powell, Ohio, with her husband and their two children.


Awards:
Fiction contest award, National Society of Arts and Letters, 1988; American Bestseller Pick-of-the-Lists selection, Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination from Mystery Writers of America, Young-Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Pick for Reluctant Young-Adult Readers and Best Book for Young Adults designations, Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies listee, National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council, Sequoyah Young-Adult Book Award, and Black-eyed Susan Award, all 1996-97; Arizona Young Readers Award, 1998, and ALA Best Book for Young Adults designation, all for Running out of Time; Children's Book Award (older reader category), International Reading Association (IRA), and YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young-Adult Readers and Best Book for Young Adults designations, all 1997, Black-eyed Susan Award, 1998-99 & Nebraska Golden Sower Award, 2000, all for Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults and American Bookseller Pick-of-the-Lists designation, both for Leaving Fishers; YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks Top-Ten designations, both 2000, California Young Readers Medal, Maud Hart Lovelace Award, and Nevada Young Readers Award, all 2001, all for Among the Hidden; American Bookseller Pick-of-the-Lists designation, American Library Association (ALA) Best Book for Young Adults honor, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young-Adult Readers designation, and IRA Young Adults' Choices listee, 2001, all for Just Ella; American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, for Turnabout, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, and Among the Imposters; Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades, 2003, for Escape from Memory.

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