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DuPrau received a B.A. English Literature from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She has been a high school English teacher and an editor for educational publishing. On her website and several other online biographies, DuPrau is described as a gardening enthusiast and dog lover. She is also an ice skater, a bird watcher, a meditator, a house builder, a gardener, a piano player, a gourmet vegetarian cook. DuPrau has no children. "