Biography of Stephanie S. Tolan
Stephanie S. Tolan's earliest memories involve books -- those that were read to her and those she read to herself, often late at night with a flashlight under the covers. She always thought there was a special magic in the little black marks on paper that could turn into whole worlds and real people. Born in Ohio and raised in Wisconsin, she wrote her first story in the fourth grade. It was thrilling to discover she could make the magic herself, and she decided then and there to be a writer.
Tolan's most recent books: Surviving the Applewhites, a humorous look at a highly creative home-schooling family, was named a Newbery Honor book in 2003. Listen!the story of a wounded teen’s efforts to bring a wild dog into her life, received the Christopher Award and the Henry Burgh Award from the ASPCA in 2007. And Wishworks, Inc. an early chapter book whose story focuses on the power of imagination, was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 best children's books of 2009.
Stephanie Tolan is also well known as an advocate for extremely bright children. (For information about gifted and talented children visit Hoagies' Gifted Education Page.) She co-authored the award-winning nonfiction book, Guiding the Gifted Child, and has written many articles about the challenges gifted "asynchronous" children and adults face as they find a way to fit into their world. She lectures throughout the country to audiences of parents, educators and counselors attempting to find ways to meet the children's needs. Her experiences with these "amazing, off-the-charts" young people inspired the themes of Welcome to the Ark, a powerful novel about four brilliant young misfits in a world teetering on destruction. The first volume of a projected trilogy, Ark is followed by Flight of the Raven, a 2001 story that takes place in a terrorist compound, where unusual mental capacities help the young hero, one of the Ark kids, to survive.
Stephanie Tolan is a senior fellow at the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA).
Tolan currently lives on a little lake in a big woods in Charlotte, NC with her
husband (Bob), two dogs (Coyote and Samantha), Puck, the golden tabby cat, two fish
(Blanche and Noir) and plenty of outdoor creatures.
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