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Patricia Reilly Giff


Patricia Reilly Giff

Patricia Reilly Giff is an American author and teacher. She was educated at Marymount College, where she was awarded a B.A. degree, and St. John's University, where she earned an M.A. and Hofstra University, where she was awarded a Professional Diploma in Reading and a Doctorate of Humane Letters. After spending some twenty years as a full-time teacher, she began writing, specializing in children's literature. Giff now resides in Trumbull, Connecticut, along with her husband Jim and their three children. Giff's writing workshops have influenced other children's authors such as Tony Abbott and Elise Broach.

Patricia Reilly Giff

Books by Patricia Reilly Giff

Written by Patricia Reilly Giff with illustrations by Becca Stadtlander. - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Historical Fiction, Literature

Thirteen-year-old American girl Genevieve has spent the summer of 1939 at her grandmother’s farm in Alsace, France. Then she makes an impulsive choice: to stay in France. It proves to be a dangerous decision. World War II erupts. The Nazis conquer Alsace and deport the Jews and others. A frightening German officer commandeers a room in Meme’s farmhouse. And when Gen’s friend Remi commits an act of sabotage, Gen is forced to hide him in the attic --- right above the Nazi officer’s head. 

by Patricia Reilly Giff - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

Fans of HATCHET and JULIE OF THE WOLVES will be riveted by the story of 11-year-old Izzy and 14-year-old Matt who are left alone on an Alaskan island when the Japanese army takes the rest of the Americans prisoner. Now that Izzy's ornithologist mother, Matt's father and the other villages have been evacuated to camps in Japan, Izzy and Matt become the only Americans left on the island. They must rely on themselves to hide from the Japanese soldiers, keep their dog for giving them away, survive the harsh winter and Allied bombing raids.

by Patricia Reilly Giff - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Health, Youth Fiction
Judith lives with her beloved aunt Cora and her faithful Dog on a beautiful island. Years ago, when her mother left, Judith stopped talking. Now she communicates entirely through gestures and taps, and by drawing cartoons, speaking only when she’s alone --- or with Dog. This year, Judith faces a big change --- leaving her small, special classroom for a regular fifth-grade class. She likes her new teacher and finds a maybe-friend in a boy named Mason. But Jubilee’s wandering feet won’t stop until they find her mother. 
by Patricia Reilly Giff - Children's, Reference, Writing

In a humorous and entertaining guide, two-time Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff breaks down the process of writing fiction into steps, all while trying to cope with the constant distractions from her exuberant 70-pound golden retriever puppy, Rosie. Citing examples from her award-winning novels she explains how to proceed with each step in chapter sections titled Can You See What I Did? Young writers can find the inspiration and tips they need to try their hand in sections called Your Turn.

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Newbery Honor–winning author Patricia Reilly Giff tells a vivid, contemporary story about a remarkable boy who risks everything for his family and a bold girl who helps him. At home in Mexico, Mateo knows where he belongs: with Mami, Abuelita, little brother Lucas and big brother Julian. When Julian leaves to work in el Norte, the United States, Mateo misses him. And when the family stops hearing from Julian, Mateo knows he has to find his beloved brother.

Written by Patricia Reilly Giff, illustrated by Chris Sheban. - Children's 7-10

Yee-ha! Hunter, his twin brother, Zack, and neighborhood pest Sarah Yulefski are about to be rich. All they have to do is find the hidden hoard of town founder Lester Tinwitty. When the cache is finally uncovered, the treasure hunters are in for a startling surprise: one man's riches can be another's refuse.

Written by Patricia Reilly Giff, illustrated by Chris Sheban. - Children's 7-10

When Hunter and his twin brother, Zack, hear from Sarah Yulefiski that there is going to be a kidnapping in Newfield, they are on high alert. But the more shocking news is yet to come: they figure out that Steadman, their younger brother, is the kidnapper's target. Meanwhile, Mom heads to the hospital to give birth to a new sibling whom the boys hope to name Killer Godzilla while hapless Nana tries to hold down the fort at the chaotic Moran family home.

by Patricia Reilly Giff - Children's, Fiction
When Siria hears sirens, she sneaks out to chase the trucks and bring Pop and the other firefighters luck. She'd be in trouble if she were caught. Good thing her dog, Douglas, is always by her side. As Christmas approaches, Siria suspects that someone is setting fires. She has to find out who, but when clues point to a surprising suspect, she realizes that solving this mystery will take all kinds of courage.
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff, illustrated by Chris Sheban. - Children's 7-10

Twins Hunter and Zack have a small problem to solve: they must save their town from a diabolical dentist who is planning to blow it to smithereens. But first they have to hold a funeral for an incriminating report card before it breaks their mother's heart, hide a cello that has been demolished, and keep their father from finding out what they did to his laptop. Before the book is over, a vintage airplane, a hot-air balloon, and a borrowed fire engine will all play parts in the unfolding mystery.

by Patricia Reilly Giff - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1944, WWII is raging and Jayna is living in upstate New York with her big brother Rob. Rob is called to duty, but before he goes he tells her that they may have a secret grandmother in Brooklyn.  When Jayna learns that Rob is missing in action, she sets off on a trip to Brooklyn in the hopes of finding her grandmother.

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Rachel, Cassie, and Joey live in the city with their Pop, until Pop's search for work lands the family on a run down farm. Times are hard there, too --- the school and library are closed.  When Pop gets work near Canada, he has to leave the children on the farm alone. For two months! But Rachel's the oldest, and she'll make sure they're all right. Somehow.