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Lena Coakley



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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.

Her new novel, Worlds of Ink and Shadow is just out from Amulet Books (US) and Harper Collins (Canada) and has already received a starred review from Quill & Quire.
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Worlds of Ink and Shadow
Amulet Books (US), Harper Collins Canada (Canada)

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
For Worlds of Ink and Shadow
2017 White Pine Award Nomination
OLA Best Bet
Quill and Quire Best Books of the Year 2016
CBC Best Books of the Year 2016
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection

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

For Mrs. Goodhearth and the Gargoyle
2005 Resource Links Best Books

For On the Night of the Comet
2004 Resource Links Best Books
2004 CCBC Our Choice Selection

For Up All Night (with various authors)
2001 White Pine Nomination
Other Memberships
IBBY, SCBWI, SFWA, The Bronte Society
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