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Polly Horvath

Biography

Polly Horvath

Polly Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She went to college at the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto, studying with the Royal Academy of Dance and later becoming an R.A.D. teacher.
 
After graduation, she lived in New York City and Montreal before settling  in Metchosin, British Columbia, with her husband, Arnie Keller, and their two daughters, Emily and Rebecca. They have a dog, Andrew, and a horse, Zayda. They live on a hilltop with an assortment of deer, rabbits, two ducks who visit their pond daily—and the occasional cougar and bear.
 
Polly Horvath has written many books for children that have won awards in both the United States and Canada including a Newbery Honor, National Book Award, the Toronto-Dominion Canadian Children's Award, and The Vicky Metcalf award for her body of work. Her books have been picks of both Rosie O'Donnell and Oprah and have been translated into over twenty five languages.
 
Did we mention an occasional bear?

Polly Horvath

Books by Polly Horvath

by Polly Horvath - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

It is World War II and Franny Whitekraft lives with her parents, Sina and Old Tom, on a farm on Vancouver Island. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, begs Sina to watch her children while she goes to visit her husband at the military base because she suspects he’s up to no good. Soon after the children move in, letters arrive from their father that suggest he's about to do something to change their lives. Can the forbidden night garden that supposedly grants everyone one wish help? And, if so, at what cost?

by Polly Horvath - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

10-year-old Rupert Brown lives with his family in a small house in the poorest section of Steelville, Ohio, and have little money or food. So when Rupert inadvertently finds himself spending Christmas at the house of the richest boy in town, he is blown away to discover all the food he can eat and wonderful prizes that he wins in the games they play, prizes he hope to take home to his family. But Rupert loses it all in one last game. Each member of the Rivers family feels guilty about what happened, and tries to make it up to Rupert in their own unique way, taking him on one unlikely adventure after another.

written by Polly Horvath, illustrated by Sophie Blackall - Youth Fiction

Madeleine wants nothing more than to save money for college, but her impractical, ex-hippie parents are broke. When the family unexpectedly inherits a sweet shoppe in England that has the potential to earn serious profit, they see an answer to all their problems. . . . Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—formerly of the detecting persuasion—are looking for new professions, and Mrs. Bunny decides she would like to be Queen. Soon they, too, are headed across the pond. 

by Polly Horvath - Children's, Fiction, Mystery

In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies! When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them.