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Joan Bauer is an American author. She was born on July 12, 1951 in River Forest, Illinois. She was the oldest of four sisters with a teacher for a mother and a salesman for a father. In her teen years, her grandmother got Alzheimer's disease and soon after her father died. Bauer said her teenage experiences influenced her stories. As a teen, Bauer was a waitress, an assistant, typing teacher, and a freelance writer. Bauer currently lives in Brooklyn, with her husband Evan Bauer, her daughter Jean, and dog Max. She’s working on another book, which is due to be published in early 2016.


In her twenties, Bauer had a career in advertising sales. After ten years, Bauer realized she did not like being a saleswoman and decided to quit to become a journalist. Joan Bauer made her writing debut with the book, Squashed, which earned many positive reviews.


She’s written 12 well-liked books. They are:

  • Close To Famous
  • Tell Me
  • Almost Home
  • Peeled
  • Rules of the Road
  • Best Foot Forward
  • Stand Tall
  • Hope Was Here
  • Backwater
  • Sticks
  • Thwonk
  • Squashed
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