Christine Heppermann writes fiction, poetry, and criticism. Her books include Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty (2014), City Chickens (2012), and Backyard Witch: Sadie’s Story (with Ron Koertge, 2015). She currently reviews young adult books for the Chicago Tribune.

Christine grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she attended an all-girls Catholic high school. As an undergraduate she studied philosophy and literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Christine has two books coming out in 2o16:

  • Jess’s Story is the second book in the Backyard Witch series. Jess is a superstar on the field and on the court. Soccer, basketball, tennis — you name it, she loves it. But she’s a disaster in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her chef mother. Enter Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears right when you need her! Ms. M is a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-wiggle and Ms. Frizzle, with sly humor, magical dazzle, and the encouragement everyone needs to save the day for themselves. Written with Ron Koertge with illustrations by Deborah Marcero.
  • Ask Me How I Got Here is a novel in verse for young adults. Addie has always known what she was running toward. In cross-country, in life, in love. Until she and her boyfriend—her sensitive, good-guy boyfriend—are careless one night and she ends up pregnant. Addie makes the difficult choice to have an abortion. And after that—even though she knows it was the right decision for her—nothing is the same anymore. She doesn’t want anyone besides her parents and her boyfriend to know what happened; she doesn’t want to run cross-country; she can’t bring herself to be excited about anything. Until she reconnects with Juliana, a former teammate who’s going through her own dark places. Ask Me How I Got Here is a literary exploration of sexuality, religion, and self-discovery.

Christine lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her two daughters, two cats, and one husband. She can be reached via email at info@christineheppermann.com.

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