Mary Anderson (author)

Mary Anderson (author)
Mary Anderson
Born Mary Nell Quirk
1939 (age 71–72)
New York, NY
Occupation Writer/novelist
Genres Young adult
Notable work(s) Matilda's Masterpiece

Mary Anderson (born 1939) is an American author of mystery novels for children and young adults, the majority published by Atheneum Books, New York.


  • There's a pizza back in Cleveland (1972; with Hope Campbell), Four Winds Press
  • Emma's Search for Something (1973), Atheneum Books
  • Matilda Investigates (1973), Atheneum Books
  • Just the two of them (1974), Atheneum Books
  • I'm nobody! Who are you? (1974), Atheneum Books
  • F*T*C Superstar (1976), Atheneum Books
  • Matilda's Masterpiece (1977), Atheneum Books Soft Cover Title: "The Mystery of the Missing Painting"
  • Step on a Crack (1978), Atheneum Books
  • F*T*C* and Company (1979; with Don Sibley), Atheneum Books
  • The Rise & Fall of a Teen-age Wacko (1980), Atheneum Books
  • Forever, Ahbra (1981), Atheneum Books
  • You can't get there from Here (1982), Atheneum Books
  • R.I.S.K. (1983), Atheneum Books
  • That's not my style (1983), Atheneum Books
  • Tune in Tomorrow (1984), Atheneum Books
  • Catch Me, I'm Falling in Love (1985), Delacorte Press
  • Who says nobody's perfect? (1987), Delacorte Press
  • Do you call that a dream date? (1987), Delacorte Press
  • Mostly Ghosts (series; 1987), Yearling Books
  • Suzy's Secret Snoop Society (1991), Avon Books

Mary Anderson is the author of 29 books for young people published by Atheneum, Four Winds, Delacorte, Avon, Dell, and Harcourt. She is a Sequoia Book Award nominee, a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominee, a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee, an American Library Association Best Book of the Year nominee, and three of her books have been included in the New York Public Library's list of Best Books of the Year. She has taught for Teachers and Writers Collaborative and for the Women's Writing Guild at Skidmore College.

Personal Life

Mary Anderson has three daughters and 6 grandchildren. She has lived her entire life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She currently teaches writing at Gotham Writer's Workshop and does freelance editing. She has also run her own craft business, and has her own website for her decoupage under glass,

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