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Debbie

Reed Fischer

DEBBIE REED FISCHER is the award-winning author of novels for teens and tweens and has been praised by Kirkus Reviews for balancing "weighty issues with a sharp wit." Her middle grade novel This is not the Abby Show (Random House/ Delacorte) won the Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Children's Book and was twice honored as a PJ Library selection in 2017 and 2020. Abby Show has been compared to Jack Gantos’s Joey Pigza series (Publisher’s Weekly), as well as Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Renee Russell’s The Dork Diaries series (Booklist). Kveller.com selected Abby Show for its Beyond Judy Blume: Must-Reads for Jewish Girls list. In addition to writing novels, Debbie has contributed to anthologies, non-fiction books, magazines, newspapers, and TV scripts. A graduate of the University of Miami, Debbie has a degree in Screenwriting and worked for many years in the film business, then as a middle and high school English teacher. Her short story, This is What I'll Tell You, is included in the new anthology Coming of Age: 13 B'nai Mitzvah Stories (Albert Whitman & Company), with a portion of the proceeds going to organizations that fight antisemitism. She is currently working on a middle grade novel set in 1939 Cuba, based on her family's experiences. Debbie divides her time between South Florida and North Carolina with her husband and sons. When she's not writing, she can be found at the beach with her lazy dog Daisy or at Florida Panthers hockey games. Visit www.debbiereedfischer.com for more information about Debbie and her books.

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The Impact of Seeing Oneself in Literature
Middle Grade Magic: How to Survive School

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