Official Bio

Elizabeth Atkinson’s quirky, heartfelt middle grade novels include FROM ALICE TO ZEN (Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books),  I, EMMA FREKE (starred School Library Journal review, Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books, 2010 Gold Moonbeam Award, Honor Book Award by the Society of School Librarians International, the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award shortlist, Sunshine State Young Reader Award, and the Ado-Lisant prize in Belgium for the French Edition), THE SUGAR MOUNTAIN SNOW BALL (2016 Gold Moonbeam Award, 2016 Maine Literary Finalist, LitPick Top Choice Award) and her newest release, THE ISLAND OF BEYOND (New York Public Library’s 2016 Best Kids & Teen Books list, 2017 Maine Literary Award Finalist, National Council of Teachers of English 2017 Notable Book).

Raised in Harvard, Massachusetts, Elizabeth received her BA at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and her MA in Liberal Studies (with a concentration in Creative Writing) at Dartmouth College. She currently divides her time between the north shore of Massachusetts and western Maine.

Her favorite part of writing novels for children is visiting with (in person and virtually) schools, libraries, book clubs, and offering fun, interactive writing workshops to middle grade students. Contact her here to learn more!