Virginia Euwer Wolff

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Virginia Euwer Wolff (born August 25, 1937) is an American author of children's literature.[1][2] Her award-winning series Make Lemonade features a 14-year-old girl named LaVaughn, who babysits for the children of a 17-year-old single mother. There are three books. The second, True Believer, won the 2001 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.[3] The second and third, This Full House (2009), garnered Kirkus Reviews starred reviews.[a] She was the recipient of the 2011 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature.[4]

Wolff was born in Portland, Oregon. She attended the girls' school St. Helen's Hall (now Oregon Episcopal School) and Smith College. She married Arthur Richard Wolff in 1959. They divorced in 1976.


  • This Full House First ed. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books 2009. ISBN 978-0-06-158304-9
    — concluding the Lemonade trilogy
  • True Believer First ed. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001. ISBN 0-689-85288-6
    — sequel to Make Lemonade
  • Bat 6 Henry Holt and Co., 1998 ISBN 0-03-066279-6
  • Make Lemonade. First ed., Henry Holt and Co., 1993 (and many other editions)
    • Award: Booklist Top of the List winner
  • The Mozart Season. First ed. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1991.
  • Probably Still Nick Swansen. First ed. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1988.
  • Rated PG New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981.

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  1. ^ Kirkus Reviews of the three Lemonade novels (above) recommended them for readers age 10+, 12–16, and 13–15, and stated or implied that the heroine is 14, 15, and 17 years old. Evidently they compose a realist "coming-of-age" trilogy featuring an underprivileged urban girl.


  1. ^ "Virginia Euwer Wolff". Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  2. ^ "Virginia Euwer Wolff". harperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  3. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 2001". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
    (With text acceptance speech by Wolff.)
  4. ^ "Virginia Euwer Wolff Wins 2011 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Phoenix Award Brochure 2012"[permanent dead link]. Children's Literature Association. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
    See also the current homepage, "Phoenix Award".
    (With audio-video acceptance speech by Wolff.)

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