Gigi Amateau 

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Gigi Amateau's first book for young adults, Claiming Georgia Tate, was published by Candlewick Press in 2005. That title was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and hailed by author Judy Blume: "It's rare and exciting to discover a talented new writer like Gigi Amateau." The Wall Street Journal called the book "an ambitious push into the young adult market." She is also the award-winning author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, and Chancey of the Maury River, A William Allen White Masters list title for grades 3-5. Come August, Come Freedom, her first work of historical fiction, was selected by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a Fall 2012 Okra Pick. Gigi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in urban studies and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has worked in the health and human services sector for more than twenty years. Born in northeastern Mississippi in 1964, she was raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia, and lives with her husband and daughter in Richmond. She loves reading about the Early Republic era in American history, riding horses in the mountains, gardening with native plants, and watching birds. Connect with her at http://www.gigiamateau.com.
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