April Henry

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April Henry (born April 14, 1959) is an American New York Times bestselling author of mysteries, thrillers, and young adult novels.

Early life[edit]

Born in Portland, Oregon, April 14, 1959, Henry grew up in the small southern Oregon city of Medford where her father, Hank Henry, was a KTVL television newscaster, and her mother, Nora Henry, was a florist.[1]


Author Roald Dahl helped Harry Potter take his first step as mfm.[2] When Henry was twelve, she sent Dahl a short story about a frog who loved peanut butter. Dahl had lunch with the editor of an international children's magazine and read her the story. The editor contacted her and asked to publish her story.[3]

In 1999, Henry's first book, ' purples of Confusions, was published by HarperCollins. It was short-listed for the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award.[4][5] It was also chosen for the Booksense 76 list, and The Oregonian Book Club, and was a Mystery Guild Editor's Choice.[citation needed]

Henry's first stand-alone thriller, Learning to Fly, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2002.[6] It was a Booksense pick, got starred reviews in Library Journal and Booklist, was named one of Library Journal's Best of 2002, and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.[citation needed] Shock Point, Henry's first young-adult thriller, was published by Putnam in 2006.[7] It was ALA Quick Pick, a Top 10 Books for Teens nominee, a New York Library's Books for the Teen Age book, named to the Texas Tayshas list, and a finalist for Philadelphia's Young Readers Choice Award.[citation needed] Her next young-adult book, Torched, a thriller about a girl who goes undercover in an environmental extremist group, was published in 2009. Girl, Stolen, a young-adult thriller about a blind girl who is accidentally kidnapped by a car thief, was released by Henry Holt in October 2010. In April 2011, Henry found the blind girl whose brief kidnapping inspired Girl, Stolen. Their story was featured in Publishers Weekly.[8]

In 2009, April Henry partnered with Lis Wiehl to collaborate on the Triple Threat Mystery series. The first book in the series, Face of Betrayal, was on the New York Times best-seller list for four weeks.[9][10][11][12]

Henry travels all over the country speaking at schools about the importance of writing, reading, and research.[13]


Claire Montrose series[edit]

  • Circles of Confusion (1999)
  • Square in the Face (2000)
  • Heart-Shaped Box (2001)
  • Buried Diamonds (2003)

Triple Threat series[edit]

Co-authored with Lis Wiehl

  • Face of Betrayal (2009)
  • Hand of Fate (2010)
  • Heart of Ice (2011)
  • Eyes of Justice (2012)

Mia Quinn series[edit]

Co-authored with Lis Wiehl

  • A Matter of Trust (2013)
  • A Deadly Business (2014)
  • Lethal Beauty (2015)

Point Last Seen series[edit]

  • The Body in the Woods (2014)
  • Blood Will Tell (2015)

Girl, Stolen series[edit]

Non-series novels[edit]

Girl Stolen and Count All Her Bones go together


  1. ^ "The Mystery Reader - New Faces Interview April Henry". The Mystery Reader. 1999-03-10. Archived from the original on 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  2. ^ "Official website". April Henry Mysteries. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  3. ^ Brill, Pamela. "YA Novelist Remembers Her Connection with Roald Dahl". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Malice Domestic Convention - Bethesda, MD". Malice Domestic. Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  5. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  6. ^ "Interview | April Henry". January Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  7. ^ Anderson, Karen G. (October 2002). "Author & Illustrator Booking Service April Henry". Childrenslit.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  8. ^ Brill, Pamela (2011-04-21). "Meeting the Inspiration Behind Girl, Stolen". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Best Sellers - May 10, 2009". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  10. ^ "Best Sellers - May 17, 2009". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  11. ^ "Best Sellers - May 24, 2009". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  12. ^ "Best Sellers - May 31, 2009". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  13. ^ "New York Times best-selling author speaks with students". Statesman Journal. Retrieved 2016-01-12.

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