Annie Fox (author)

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Annie Fox
Occupation Author
Spouse(s) David Fox

Annie Fox (born 1950) is an American book author. In addition to writing, she also is a presenter of workshops for teens, their families and educators.[1] In workshops and online, Fox has been answering teens' questions, especially teen girls' questions for over ten years.[2] On her online teen chat rooms at Talk City's The InSite, her username is "Hey Terra!"[3] She is also a contributor to The Huffington Post.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

She graduated from Cornell University with a degree[which?] in Human Development.[when?] She then completed her Master's in Education from the State University of New York at Cortland[when?] and became a teacher.


With her husband, game programmer David Fox, she opened the world's first public access microcomputer facility (Marin Computer Center) in 1977. Her first computer-oriented book was Armchair BASIC: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microcomputers and Programming in BASIC (1983, Osborn/McGraw-Hill). From there she became an award-winning writer/designer of children's CD-ROMs. After her career as a children's CD-ROM designer, Fox created The InSite, a website for teens and young adults. There she wrote as "Terra" on InSite's online advice column.

Her first book was People Are Like Lollipops (1971, Holiday House). She wrote the book Can You Relate (Free Spirit Publishing, 2000). It was re-released in 2005 as The Teen Survival Guide to Dating and Relating: Real-World Advice on Guys, Girls, Growing Up, and Getting Along and is now available as a free PDF download. Also in 2005, she co-wrote Too Stressed to Think? A teen guide to staying sane when life makes you CRAZY (Free Spirit Publishing, 2005). Too Stressed to Think? was well-reviewed by Scholastic Choices.[5] Be Confident in Who You Are is Book 1 of Fox's Middle School Confidential series for 10- to 14-year-olds. The format of the book, which is similar to a graphic novel, makes her self-help book for kids stand out from other similar titles, according to School Library Journal.[6] It was published by Free Spirit in 2008. Book 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind was published in June 2009, and Book 3: What's Up with my Family? was published in January 2010.

Fox and David Fox's multi-media company, Electric Eggplant, developed and published the Middle School Confidential graphic novel app series based on the popular books.[7] Fox's latest book, The Girls Q&A Book on Friendship: 50 Ways to Fix a Friendship Without the DRAMA, first in her new Girls Q&A Book series, was published on October 1, 2014.


  1. ^ "Annie Fox". Baker & Taylor Author Biographies. 5 January 2000. Retrieved 8 August 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Sultan, Aisah (17 April 2011). "Dirty Laundry: Teaching Your Child to Spot Friends Among 'Frenemies'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 8 August 2015 – via Newspaper Source - EBSCO. 
  3. ^ Smith, Mercedes (July 2000). "Can You Relate?: Real-World Advice for Teens on Guys, Girls, Growing Up, and Getting Along". School Library Journal. 46 (7): 116. Retrieved 8 August 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Annie Fox". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Stress Relief". Scholastic Choices. 24 (6): 3. April 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Black, Elaine Baran (January 2009). "Be Confident in Who You Are". School Library Journal. 55 (1): 126. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Be Confident in Who You Are: A Middle School Confidential Graphic Novel". Children's Technology Review. 19 (5): 15. May 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2015. (subscription required (help)). 

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