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Annie Barrows


"Kids are people with very little control over their lives. They have almost no choice about the kind or quality of information they get. Books are the exception. They are the only institutionally sanctioned, grownup-approved source of new ideas for kids, the sole means of tunneling into a different mental landscape than the one they were born into. Reading is the escape-hatch. It must be kept open.”


Annie Barrows is the author of the bestselling Ivy and Bean series, as well as of The Magic Half  and its sequel, Magic in the Mix.  In addition to her children’s books, Annie is the co-author, with her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a New York Times best-seller which has been published in thirty-seven countries and thirty-two languages. Her first solo adult novel, The Truth According to Us, was published in the summer of 2015 and became a national best-seller. 

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Photo Credit:  Annie Frantzeskos Photography


Annie Barrows, Writers for WaerBridge Outreach Books + Water
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