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Auline Bates
Born Washington
Pen name A. Bates
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1989–present
Genre Fantasy, science fiction, children's literature, young adult fiction, fiction
Notable works Party Line, Final Exam, Mother's Helper, The Dead Game

Auline Bates, pen name A. Bates, is an American author, who has written the teen suspense novels Party Line, Final Exam, Mother's Helper, The Dead Game and Krazy 4 U.

Bates's early life was spent in Washington, New Mexico, Idaho and California, with the family moving regularly to follow her father's employment in the nuclear safety field. Eventually, the family moved to Colorado.

While Bates won an essay writing contest in elementary school, and always enjoyed writing, she didn't consider doing so for publication until encouraged by a college instructor.

The Wall Street Journal references Final Exam in an article about "wildly popular spooky tales and murder mysteries tailored for teenagers" in an article entitled "Gnarlatious Novels: Lurid Thrillers for the Teen Set". The Oregonian refers to Final Exam as one of four "new paperback hit thrillers", and Westword gives a paragraph to her book signing for Party Line and Final Exam.

Bates resides in Colorado with her husband. She has three children.


Teen Suspense

  • Party Line (1989)
  • Final Exam (1990)
  • Mother's Helper (1991)
  • Cross the Line (1992)
  • The Dead Game (1993)
  • Krazy 4 U (1996)
  • See Kerry Run
  • Lost and Found
  • Speed Trap

Middle Grade

  • Without Uncle Joe
  • A Certain Spot in the Woods
  • Best Friends Forever
  • Mr. Jones's Bones
  • Gathering Indio
  • Belle in the Shadows (2012)
  • Bad Alphonso (2012)
  • The Waiting Room (2013)

Adult Fiction

  • Angel of Mercy
  • On Angel Wings


  • Thirteen: 13 Tales of Horror by 13 Masters of Horror – ed. T. Pines; contains Bates's short story Deathflash(1991)
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