Joan Abelove

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Joan Abelove
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
New York, United States
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality American
Education PhD in cultural anthropology
Alma mater Barnard College, City University of New York (PhD)
Genre Young adult fiction
Notable works Go and Come Back
Saying It Out Loud
Notable awards American Library Association
2000 Best Books for Young Adult
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Joan Abelove (born 1945) is an American writer of young adult novels. She attended Barnard College and has a PhD in cultural anthropology from the City University of New York. She spent two years in the jungles of Peru as part of her doctoral research and used the experience as background for her first novel, Go and Come Back (1998). Go and Come Back, about a young Peruvian girl's encounter with anthropologists, earned numerous awards and citations, including a "Best Books for Young Adults" selection of the American Library Association and "Book Prize Finalist" selection of the Los Angeles Times. Her second book, Saying It Out Loud, is about a Jewish girl coming to terms with her mother's death from brain cancer.[1]

Joan Abelove participates in a critique group with Gail Carson Levine, writer of Ella Enchanted and Writing Magic, a guide for child authors who wish to make their stories better.

She now lives in New York City with her husband and son.


  • Go and Come Back (1998)
  • Saying It Out Loud (1999)
  • Lost & Found: Award-Winning Authors Share Real-Life Experiences Through Fiction (contributor) (2000)


  • "Joan Abelove" in Contemporary Authors Online, Thomson Gale, entry updated October 22, 2003.