Vivian Vande Velde

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Vivian Vande Velde
Born 1951
Rochester, New York

Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, Rochester, New York) is an American authorwho writes books primarily aimed at children and young adults. She began writing at age 28, the same year her daughter was born,[1] and has been publishing relatively consistently since. She currently resides in Rochester, New York. She is involved in multiple circles/groups of children/young adult writers in the Rochester area,[2] which include authors such as Bruce Coville and Cynthia DeFelice.

Her novels and short story collections usually contain elements of horror, fantasy, and humor. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for children.[citation needed] She likes to do school talks to children. She does many book conventions and also gives writing classes. One of her short stories was added to Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales.


  • Once Upon A Test: Three Light Tales of Love" (1984)
  • A Hidden Magic (1985)
  • A Well-Timed Enchantment (1990)
  • User Unfriendly (1991)
  • Dragon's Bait (1992)
  • Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird (1995)
  • Companions of the Night (1995)
  • Curses, Inc. and Other Stories (1996)
  • The Conjurer Princess (1997)
  • The Changeling Prince(1998)
  • Smart Dog (1998)
  • Ghost Of A Hanged Man (1998)
  • A Coming Evil (1998)
  • There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around (1999)
  • Never Trust a Dead Man (1999)
  • Magic Can Be Murder (2000)
  • Troll Teacher (2000)
  • The Rumpelstiltskin Problem (2001)
  • Alison, Who Went Away (2001)
  • Being Dead (2001)
  • Heir Apparent (2002)
  • Wizard at Work (2003)
  • Witch's Wishes (2003)
  • Now You See It... (2005)
  • Three Good Deeds (2005)
  • The Book of Mordred (2005)
  • Witch Dreams (2005)
  • All Hallows' Eve (2006)
  • Remembering Raquel (2007)
  • Stolen (2008)
  • Cloaked in Red (2010)
  • 8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel / (divided by) 1 Dog = Chaos (2011)
  • Deadly Pink (2012)
  • Frogged (2013)

Books Linked Together[edit]

Although Vande Velde hasn't created any sequels, she has made a few books that are linked in setting.


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