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Paula Danziger (August 18, 1944-July 8, 2004) was an American author of children's and young adult literature.

Personal life

Danziger was born in Washington, D.C. to Samuel and Carolyn Danziger. Though she struggled in school as a child, she attended Montclair State University in New Jersey and earned a degree in 1967. She was a middle school teacher in New Jersey from 1967-1978 while studying for a Master's degree. Her studies were interrupted when she was in a car crash, where a drunk driver hit her car, and she slammed her head against the front window which caused her to have brain damage. In 1978 she left teaching to write full-time.

Although readers loved her books because of the humor, some critics called them superficial and generic. Others praised her work for tackling real-life issues.

Danziger died in 2004 after complications from a heart attack. She was 59.


Some of the awards Danziger's work received:

  • California Young Reader Medal
  • Parents' Choice Award
  • Children’s Choice award


  • The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. Delacorte, 1974.
  • The Pistachio Prescription. Delacorte, 1978.
  • Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice?. Delacorte, 1979.
  • There's a Bat in Bunk Five. Delacorte, 1980.
  • The Divorce Express. Delacorte, 1982.
  • It's an Aardvark-Eat-Turtle World. Delacorte, 1985.
  • This Place Has No Atmosphere. Delacorte, 1986.
  • Remember Me to Harold Square. Delacorte, 1987.
  • Everyone Else's Parents Said Yes. Delacorte, 1989.
  • Make Like a Tree and Leave. Delacorte, 1990.
  • Earth to Matthew. Delacorte, 1991.
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars. Delacorte, 1992.
  • Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's, 1994.
  • Thames Doesn't Rhyme with James. Putnam's, 1994.
  • You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's, 1995.
  • Amber Brown Goes Fourth, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's Sons, 1995.
  • Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's Sons, 1996.
  • Forever Amber Brown, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam, 1996.
  • Amber Brown Sees Red, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam, 1997.
  • With Ann M. Martin, P.S. Longer Letter Later. Scholastic, 1998.
  • With Ann M. Martin, Snail Mail No More. 2000.
  • Amber Brown is Feeling Blue, illustrated by Tony Ross. Putnam's, 1998.
  • Contributed with other various authors to It's Super to Be Six and It's Terrific to be Ten, published by Scholastic.

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