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Lena Coakley

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Lena
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Coakley
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Ontario
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Lena Coakley was born near the beach in Milford Connecticut, and she still loves the ocean. Her family tree is crowded with English professors, and the grandmother who raised her founded and directed a cooperative nursery school. How could she help but love children's books?

She studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and writing for children with Peter Carver in Toronto, Canada. Her first picture book, On the Night of the Comet, was published in 2004, followed closely by Mrs Goodhearth and the Gargoyle in 2005. Her short stories have been widely anthologized, especially the young-adult science fiction story, "Mirror Image." She has twice won second prize in the Sunday Star Short Story Contest.

Lena's first novel, a high fantasy called Witchlanders, was published in fall 2011 by Atheneum (S&S). It soon garnered 4 starred reviews as well as a Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nomination, an OLA White Pine nomination, and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for her region.
Available For
Readings, performances and workshops.
Publications
Witchlanders
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (S&S), 2011

"Mirror Image"
Short Stories from Canada by Cornelsen, Imprints by Gage and others, 2005

"Snow and Apples"
Up All Night from Thistledown Press, 2001

Mrs. Goodhearth and the Gargoyle
Orca Book Publishers, 2005
illustrated by Wendy Bailey

On the Night of the Comet
Orca Book Publishers, 2004
illustrated by Leslie Elizabeth Watts
Awards
2012 For Witchlanders
SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award nomination
OLA White Pine nomination
A Junior Library Guild selection
Scholastic Book Club selection

2005 Resource Links Best Books
Category: Picture Book Writing
For: Mrs. Goodhearth and the Gargoyle
With: Wendy Bailey

2004 Resource Links Best Books
Category: Picture Book Writing
For: On the Night of the Comet
With: Leslie Elizabeth Watts

2004 CCBC Our Choice Selection
For: On the Night of the Comet
With: Leslie Elizabeth Watts

2001 White Pine Nomination
Category: YA
For: Up All Night
Other Memberships
IBBY, SCBWI, SFWA, The Bronte Society
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