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I’ve ridden an elephant, swallowed fried grasshoppers, lived on a commune, flown a hangglider (and crashed), picked coffee beans and fed them to a monkey, peered into a live volcano, watched my toddler soar around a big top in the arms of a Mexican trapeze artist dressed as Spiderman, swum through a pitch-black cave to a tiny and perfect hidden beach, milked goats, skied in the Alps (and crashed), hiked up a glacier and alarmed a moose, torn down a barn, gone to a “sit-up” (a Jamaican wake), hung out with Cambodian monks, pedaled across the Blue Ridge Mountains in a homemade superhero cape, driven a hundred-year-old car (and DIDN'T crash!), woven lots of hammocks, snaked a drain, gazed upon The Garden of Earthly Delights, and danced till dawn. Mostly, though, I spend a lot of time at the computer. In pajamas.
Mara Rockliff is the author of many lively historical books for children, including Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France, winner of the Cook Prize and an Orbis Pictus Honor book.
Her newest titles are Lights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker and Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong's Life in Jazz. Other recent books include Around America to Win the Vote; Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic; and Gingerbread for Liberty! (an ALA Notable Children's Book and winner of the Garden State Children's Book Award and Land of Enchantment Book Award). Under the pen name Lewis B. Montgomery, she wrote all twelve books in the popular Milo & Jazz Mysteries chapter book series.
Rockliff's public speaking experience includes TV and radio as well as bookstores, libraries, schools, children's museums, writing workshops, book festivals, and state and regional conferences for teachers and librarians. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her family. Visit her online at mararockliff.com.
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