Biography

Shelley Stoehr is the author of five acclaimed novels for young adults: CROSSES , WEIRD ON THE OUTSIDE, WANNABE, TOMORROW WENDY, SAVING BONE, and has co-authored the novel, WERESISTERS with Jade Clark. She has also published short stories in the anthologies, LOST AND FOUND, LOVE AND SEX and TRUTH AND DARE.
Her first novel, CROSSES, was published while Shelley was a student at Connecticut College. CROSSES has been an ALA “Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Readers,” ALA “Best Book,” and a YALSA “Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 1999."
Stoehr has appeared as an expert on the Maury Povich show, and on Real Life With Mary Amoroso, as well as on numerous radio shows to talk about self-injuring, or “cutting” (the subject matter of CROSSES.) She has spoken to the National Council of Teachers of English, and her speech, “Controversial Issues in the Lives of Contemporary Young Adults” has been reprinted in The ALAN Review, and on the internet.
Blogger Dave Kiersh writes, “Stoehr writes about young women in a way that few others do. She presents characters and gives a voice to girls that are seldom heard about in today's commodified popular culture”, and The Voice of Youth Advocates praises Stoehr’s work as writing which “graphically describes the cry for help of many adolescents and how far they have to fall before they are even noticed.” “Stoehr’s narrative flow is a strength, as is her ability to capture the rhythms, attitudes, and feelings of teens facing a violent, drug-filled world of big dreams with little chance of making it.” (School Library Journal)
Shelley Stoehr now lives in CT with her husband Chris, daughter Raini, son Angel and three cats.

Stoehr’s books, SAVING BONE, WERESISTERS, WEIRD ON THE OUTSIDE, TOMORROW WENDY, and CROSSES are available at amazon.com.

Shelley is available for readings, signings, and speaking engagements.


CREDITS:

NOVELS:
*Weresisters (with John Patrick Kennedy; Dark Youth Publishing: 2014)
* Saving Bone (Amazon)
*Crosses (Bantam Doubleday Dell/​Delacorte Press: 1991, Laurel Leaf: 1993, 1998, iUniverse: 2003)
--an ALA Best Book for Young Adults
--an ALA Quick Pick
--an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Readers
*Tomorrow Wendy (BDD/​Delacorte Press: 1998, iUniverse: 2003)
--an ALA Quick Pick
--an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Readers
--A New York Library Best Books for the Teenaged 1998
*Wannabe (BDD/​Delacorte Press: 1997)
*Weird on the Outside (BDD/​Delacorte Press: 1995, Laurel Leaf: 1996, iUniverse: 2003)
--an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Readers

SHORT STORIES:
*“Troll Bumps” (Love and Sex, edited by Michael Cart, Simon & Schuster: Spring, 2001)
*“The Book” (Lost and Found, edited by M. Jerry and Helen S. Weiss, Tor Books: 2000)
*"Somebody's Daughter (Truth and Dare, edited by Liz Miles, Running Press, May, 2011)
*"Saving Bone" (iMap Books)

Selected Works

Fiction
MG fiction: Izzy and bff Seven (whose name was supposed to have been “Steven”, but the “t” was left off his birth certificate) set out to rescue a dog, Bone, from its abusive owner. Although they fail repeatedly, they cannot stop trying – though Izzy wonders why not. What's so important that they have to risk "life and limb" to save this dog? But then Izzy learns a truth about Seven, a reality that is so horrible, she realizes it isn’t only Bone who needs saving – it is Seven.
Young Adult Fiction
A dangerous secret… Sixteen-year-old Kyra is odd. She can “mind-speak” with her adoptive father. She has no recollection of anything about her life before age ten. One leg is so badly damaged she has to walk with a brace. And all she wants in her junior year of high school is to be cool. Instead, she becomes a werewolf… Suddenly, a madman is hunting Kyra with plans to use her as his lab rat. A big grey werewolf is killing humans in her town. And worse, her adoptive father might be dating her biological mother. Torn among allegiances to her father, her newly discovered family, and the werewolf pack, Kyra must learn to control the beast within and find a way to stop the madman who threatens to destroy them all. A horrifying act… Selene is a beautiful, tough punk-rocker leader of the meanest gang in school—and a werewolf through and through. She is on the top of the world and plans to stay there. Then Selene kills a human and unleashes a murderous rage that threatens to turn her into a mindless, violent beast. Terrified of what she might become, Selene runs away. Now, far from home in the company of killer werewolves, Selene must run again. She must find a way to regain her humanity. And she must do it quickly, because someone is following her…
Nancy and Katie are best friends with one big thing in common -- they both cut themselves, “Not by accident, we do it purposely -- and regularly -- because physical pain is comforting, and because now it has become a habit.”
When sixteen-year-old Tracey runs away she finds that making ends meet in New York City for a young girl with few real skills is nearly impossible.
“I’ve discovered that if you wear a big enough hat, no one worries much about what’s going on inside your head,” says Cary. And no one, not even her boyfriend, Danny, knows about the things inside Cary’s head. Especially the feelings she has for Wendy, a girl with bright green hair and hard-candy sadness in her eyes.

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