Natasha Friend

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Natasha Friend
Born April 28, 1972
Norwich, New York
Alma mater Bates College
Occupation Author

Natasha Friend (born April 28, 1972 in Norwich, New York) is an American author.[1] Her first three books are the award-winning, young adult novels Perfect,[2] Lush,[3] and Bounce.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Friend was born in a town in upstate New York, to an English professor father and poet/actress mother. She began writing books at the age of nine.

In 1994, Friend received a B.A. in Psychology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She earned her M.A. in English at Clemson University.

She has taught at the Brearley School in New York City, and Ecole Bilingue-International School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Friend also served as director of the Brimmer and May Summer Camp in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Writing career[edit]

Friend's writing has appeared in Family Fun magazine and the book Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul.[5] In 2004, her first book, the young adult fiction novel Perfect, won the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature.[6]




  • Isinglass Teen Book Award, 2008
  • Golden Sower Award, 2007
  • Black-Eyed Susan Award nominee, 2007-2008
  • Book Sense Pick, 2005
  • Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature, 2004


  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award, 2008
  • A.L.A. Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, 2006


  • One of NYPL's Best Books for the Teen Age, 2008

For Keeps- Parper Back 2011


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