Barbara O'Connor (author)

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Barbara O'Connor (born November 9, 1958) is an American author of children's books.

O'Connor was born and grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She lived in Duxbury, Massachusetts for 26 years, but now resides in Asheville, North Carolina.[1]

Her books have won awards including the Parents Choice Gold Award, the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, and being named ALA Notable Books.[2] Her book How to Steal a Dog has been optioned for a film.[3]



  • Beethoven in Paradise, 1997
  • Me and Rupert Goody, 1999
  • Taking Care of Moses, 2004
  • How to Steal a Dog, 2007
  • Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia, 2003
  • Greetings from Nowhere, 2008
  • The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, 2009
  • The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester, 2010
  • On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s, 2012[4]
  • wish, 2016


  • Mammolina: A Story about Maria Montessori, 19tt
  • Up in the Air: The Story of Bessie Coleman, 1996
  • Barefoot Dancer: The Story of Isadora Duncan, Carolrhoda Books, 2002
  • Katherine Dunham: Pioneer of Black Dance, 2002
  • Leonardo Da Vinci: Renaissance Genius, 2002


  1. ^ Liz Rosenberg (May 20, 2007). "Resorting to humor, and petty larceny". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  2. ^ “2012 Judge: Barbara O’Connor”, School Library Journal, February 23, 2012.
  3. ^ “BOOK IT: Good things in small packages”, Josh Getlin, WCF Courier, January 17, 2008.
  4. ^ "2012 Judge: Barbara O'Connor]". School Library Journal. February 23, 2012. 

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