Ellen Potter

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Ellen Potter (born 1960s) is an American author of both children's and adults’ books (as Ellen Toby-Potter). She grew up in Upper West Side, New York City and studied creative writing at Binghamton University and now lives in Candor in upstate New York.[1] She has been a contributor to Cimarron Review, Epoch, The Hudson Review, and Seventeen. Her novel Olivia Kidney was winner of the Child Magazine Best Book award and was a Best Book of the Year selection for 8-12 year-olds by Parenting magazine.


For children[edit]

  • The Kneebone Boy (2010) (Square Fish) ISBN 0-312-67432-5 - "...the story is fresh, funny and surprising. A quirky charmer."[2]
  • The Humming Room (2012) (Feiwel & Friends) ISBN 0-312-64438-8 - "The characters and events are nearly exact counterparts to those found in the classic The Secret Garden. An homage to a cherished classic that can work as a companion piece or stand alone as a solid, modern tale for young readers in the 21st century."[3]
  • Otis Dooda (2013) illustrated by David Heatley, Feiwel & Friends, ISBN 9781250011763
  • Otis Dooda: Downright Dangerous (2014), illustrated by David Heatley, Feiwel & Friends, ISBN 9781250011770
  • Piper Green and the Fairy Tree (2015), illustrated by Qin Leng, Alfred Knopf, ISBN 9780553499230 - "With its intriguing setting, sympathetic characters, and hint of magic, this new chapter-book series should charm fledgling readers."[4]

Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Philomel Books:

renamed as Olivia Kidney Stops for No One

With co-author Anne Mazer, and illustrated by Matt Phelan:

For adults (as Ellen Toby-Potter)[edit]

  • The Average Human (2003) ISBN 1-931561-33-8 - "A fairly intricate tale that manages not to trip itself up, crisply narrated with a minimum of digression and a remarkable understatement that draws you into the action."[5]


  1. ^ Amazon.ca: Olivia Kidney And The Secret Beneath The City: Books: Ellen Potter
  2. ^ "The Kneebone Boy". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  3. ^ "The Humming Room". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Piper Green and the Fairy Tree". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ "The Average Human". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 15 April 2003. Retrieved 9 July 2015.

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