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About Me

author photoI’ve ridden an elephant, swallowed fried grasshoppers, lived on a commune, flown a hangglider (and crashed), picked coffee beans and fed them to a monkey, peered into a live volcano, watched my toddler soar around a big top in the arms of a Mexican trapeze artist dressed as Spiderman, swum through a pitch-black cave to a tiny and perfect hidden beach, milked goats, skied in the Alps (and crashed), hiked up a glacier and alarmed a moose, torn down a barn, gone to a “sit-up” (a Jamaican wake), hung out with Cambodian monks, pedaled across the Blue Ridge Mountains in a homemade superhero cape, woven lots of hammocks, snaked a drain, gazed upon The Garden of Earthly Delights, and danced till dawn. Mostly, though, I spend a lot of time at the computer.
    I’ve never had a cell phone, I don't get cable or satellite TV, and my favorite part of being a writer is getting to work in my pajamas.

What I can do:

  • Say, “Where’s the bathroom, please?” in Thai
  • Balance in half moon pose (usually)
  • Whip up a mean moussaka

What I can’t do:

  • Turn a cartwheel
  • Juggle
  • Draw a cow

Official-sounding bio

Mara Rockliff's books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Booklist and have appeared on the IndieNext and ALA Best New Books for the Classroom lists. Recent titles include the picture books Me and Momma and Big John (Golden Kite Award, Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Junior Library Guild Selection) and My Heart Will Not Sit Down (Ezra Jack Keats Honor) as well as her popular Milo & Jazz Mysteries chapter book series, published under the pen name Lewis B. Montgomery. Her buy-better manifesto Get Real: What Kind of World Are You Buying? (Running Press Teens) was a Green Earth Book Awards honor book. 

Rockliff's public speaking experience includes TV and radio as well as bookstores, libraries, schools, children's museums, writing workshops, book festivals, and state and regional conferences for teachers and librarians. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family. Visit her online at

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