Holly Goldberg Sloan

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Holly Goldberg Sloan
Born 1958 (age 56–57)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Film director, producer, novelist, screenwriter
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Gary Rosen (1995–present) Chuck Sloan (1982–1992; 2 sons, Max Sloan and Calvin Sloan)

Holly Goldberg Sloan (born 1958) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and New York Times bestselling novelist.

Life and career[edit]

Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her childhood living in California, the Netherlands, Istanbul, Washington D.C. and Eugene, Oregon. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and sold her first screenplay at the age of 24.

Her film credits include writing Made in America (1993), writing and producing Angels in the Outfield (1994) and writing and directing the Disney film The Big Green (1995). She was the screenwriter on Steve Irwin's feature film The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) and the writer and director of the film Heidi 4 Paws (2008), which is a retelling of the children's classic story of Heidi, written by Johanna Spyri in 1880, but with live action dogs in all of the parts. The film first aired on Public Television sponsored by Chicago Public Television station WTTW.[1]

Sloan's debut novel, I'll Be There, was published by Little, Brown and Company in spring of 2011. Her books are currently in print in seventeen languages. Her second book, Counting By 7s, was published by Dial in August 2013. It was Amazon's best book of the year for middle graders, and is a New York Times Bestseller. Counting By 7s was optioned for adaptation to film and a screenplay is currently being written. A sequel to I'll Be There, titled Just Call My Name, was published on August 5, 2014.

Counting By 7s has been nominated for a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award in 2014, and is a nominee for the Global Read Aloud Award. It was honored in Italy with the Andersen Prize in Genoa in May of 2015 for best novel for children ages 12+. It is currently on 31 state reading lists in the United States.

Sloan's next novel will be Appleblossom the Possum, publishing in August of 2015 by Dial. The book features illustrations by her husband, Gary A. Rosen.


  1. ^ "Holly Goldberg Sloan". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 

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