Andrea White

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Andrea White
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Born Andrea Ferguson
November 1973
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Occupation Author, civic leader and journalist
Nationality American
Genre Fiction
Notable works Surviving Antarctica, Window Boy and several magazine articles
Notable awards Golden Spur Award (Surviving Antarctica), Nominated for Texas Bluebonnet Surviving Antarctica)
Spouse Bill White
Children Will, Elena and Stephen

Andrea White is an American novelist and civic leader. She is the wife of Bill White, the former Mayor of Houston, Texas and the unsuccessful candidate for governor of Texas in 2010.


Andrea Ferguson was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Arthur John Ferguson (1917–2008), and Patsi (née Wells) Ferguson. The family moved in the 1950s from Louisiana to Houston, where she attended Memorial High School. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas and became a partner in the law firm Locke Liddell[1] where she remained until the birth of her second child, after which she was able to turn her writing hobby into a profession.[2]

White's first book, Surviving Antarctica, a novel for teenage readers, was published in 2005. It was listed on the reading lists of several states, including the Texas Bluebonnet list.[3] In 2006, she won the Golden Spur Children’s Literature award given by the Texas State Reading Association. Her next book, Window Boy, was about a boy in a wheelchair who is a "basketball genius".

White and her husband have three children: Will, Elena and Stephen.

In addition to writing, White serves as an active community volunteer. In partnership with the Houston Independent School District Board, White and her husband started Expectation Graduation, a door-to-door initiative to reach out to Houston area youth who had not returned to school.[4] She has also visited many schools such as St. Helen Catholic School in Pearland, Texas to answer questions about her books.


Pictures of Andrea White's visit to Krimmel Intermediate.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Red Rose Ball Honorees". University of Houston–Downtown. 2007. Retrieved October 26, 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ Meyers, Jessica. "Andrea White is 'passionate supporter,' but reluctant campaigner". Dallas Morning News. Belco. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ No Child’s Game Reality TV 2083, Greater Essex County District School Board.
  4. ^ Expectation Graduation. "About us". Expectation Graduation. Word Press.