Mandy is the author of the middle grade novel Superstar (HarperCollins, 2017) which has been named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017 and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year. Superstar has also been nominated for the 2019 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award.
Mandy received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University where she won an award for her critical thesis The Way to the Chair: Zen and the Practice of Writing. Mandy is represented by the great Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Before becoming an author, Mandy was an elementary school teacher for six years and taught every grade level, except for fifth, which oddly enough is the grade she writes about in Superstar. When she’s not writing, Mandy can usually be found taking pictures or playing games of some sort. She also sings at least twice a day. Mandy spent her childhood and early adult life in Indiana, and after a brief stint as a Minnesotan, she has returned to the Hoosier state where she currently writes, games, sings (and lives) with her family and their four ridiculous cats.
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