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Gennifer Choldenko - Click to see all titles by this author.

Gennifer Choldenko is the Newbery Honor-winning author of many popular children's books including Notes from a Liar and Her Dog; If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period; the Tales from Alcatraz series; Chasing Secrets; One-Third Nerd; and Orphan Eleven.

I get my ideas from lots of different places. One idea isn't usually enough to build a book around, but that first "starter" idea gets things moving. The starter idea for Notes from a Liar and Her Dog woke me up in the middle of the night. I don't honestly know where it came from. The starter idea for Al Capone Does My Shirts came from a newspaper article. The idea for Chasing Secrets came from a nonfiction book about rats which mentioned a plague outbreak in San Francisco in 1900. The idea for One-Third Nerd came to me when I was having trouble with the revision of another novel. As one of my best friends said: Not many people procrastinate by writing a whole other book.

Gennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at @choldenko.

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