Francess Lantz

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Francess Lin Lantz
Born (1952-08-27)August 27, 1952
Trenton, New Jersey
Died November 22, 2004(2004-11-22) (aged 52)
Santa Barbara, California
Cause of death ovarian cancer
Nationality American
Occupation librarian, writer

Francess Lin Lantz (August 27, 1952 – November 22, 2004) was an American children's librarian turned fiction writer, whose fans are mostly preteen and teen-aged girls. For more than two decades Lantz wrote more than 30 books, including several juvenile bestsellers. She was selected for the American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults for her 1997 romance, Someone to Love. Stepsister from Planet Weird (Random House, 1996) was made into a Disney Channel television movie in 2000.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Lantz was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She initially aspired to become a rock musician and composer. She graduated in 1974 from Dickinson College (in Pennsylvania) and from Simmons College (in Boston) in 1975, where she earned a master's degree in library sciences.[2]


She died in Santa Barbara, California in 2004 following a five years long battle with ovarian cancer; she was 52 years old.[3]


Lantz authored more than 30 books and articles including:


  1. ^ "Francess Lantx (1952-2004) writer". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Woo, Elaine (December 9, 2004). "Francess Lantz, 52; Author of the 'Luna Bay' Series for Girls". LA Times. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Francess Lantz". Authors Among Us - Children's Writers Who Are or Who Have Been Librarians. Ravenstone Press. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Francess Lantz bibliography

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