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Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli has been writing since she was six and has authored more than thirty books of stories and poetry for children including Thanksgiving at the Tappletons; Boy, Can He Dance!; If You Want to Find Golden; and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, which won the 1991 Christopher Award. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Ms. Spinelli won the organization's Magazine Merit Award for fiction in 1990.

Ms. Spinelli's poems and stories have appeared in Highlights for Children and other children's magazines. She won the Highlights fiction contest in 1990 for her short story "Mannerly Moose."

Eileen Spinelli is involved with Habitat for Humanity. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, traveling, and shopping at flea markets. The mother of six and grandmother of thirteen, she is married to author Jerry Spinelli. They live in West Chester, Pennsylvania.