Wendy Isdell

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Wendy Isdell
Born (1975-03-30) March 30, 1975 (age 40)
Richmond, Virginia
Occupation Author
Website Wendy Isdell Official Website

Wendy Diane Isdell (born March 30, 1975) is an American author and artist. She is best known for her young adult works, which incorporate science and math into fiction. Her most popular novel, A Gebra Named Al, has been in print since 1993.[1] It has been translated into several languages, made required reading in some school systems, and published internationally.

Wendy Isdell dedicated much of her early life to writing. Her first notable publishing credit came at age nine, through articles in the Haydon Elementary School newsletter (the first ever by a student). Seven years later, she signed a contract for her first novel, A Gebra Named Al, with Free Spirit Publishing[2] in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The sequel was published two years later.

Wendy Isdell was also a pioneer of the internet, having developed websites as early as November 1994. (However, the Internet Archive project has records for her original website dating back only to 1999,[3] the older records presumably having been lost.) She was a contributor for early versions of DreamingGates.com,[4] experimenting with javascript and css to create a rudimentary shopping cart as early as 1999.

Wendy Isdell graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1997 from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Creative Arts, then Summa Cum Laude from Mary Washington University in 2004 with an M.A. in General Studies. She went on to obtain a Doctorate of Divinity and Ph.D. in Religion.

Wendy Isdell currently lives in a rural community in central Virginia. On her website[5] she jests that she "talks to her plants" and has had "moderate success at being a starving artist."[6] For health reasons, she rarely ventures out.[7]


  • Using A Gebra Named Al in the Classroom (Free Spirit, 1994)
  • Using The Chemy Called Al in the Classroom (Free Spirit, 1996; Lulu Press, 2006)


  1. ^ "Free Spirit Publishing Author Page, Wendy Isdell". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Free Spirit Publishing Author Page, Wendy Isdell". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Internet Archive Project, Wayback Machine". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ "DreamingGates.com, Mythological and Metaphysical Gifts". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Wendy Isdell Official Site". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Wendy Isdell Official Site". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  7. ^ Interview, Wendy Isdell. (Interview). 2012-08-01. 
  • Haydon Elementary School Newsletter. March 1984.
  • Interview, Wendy Isdell. August 2012.

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