Laurie Calkhoven

Laurie Calkhoven loves nothing more than capturing young readers and inspiring them to love books, reading, and writing as much as she does. From more than fifteen early readers to laugh-out-loud chapter books and historical novels that bring the wacky facts of history to light, she’s published more than fifty books for children and teens under her own name and as a ghostwriter. She’s had experience with all genres of children’s fiction, including mysteries, fantasies, thrillers and historical novels. She’s also created nonfiction titles for children just learning to read, established middle grade readers, and teenagers.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Laurie spent many years working in book publishing. She was the founding editor of the Teen People Book Club and was an executive editor with the Scholastic Book Clubs. Visit her online at

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