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Joan Lowery Nixon was born in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of Southern California where she received a B.A. in journalism and later an education certificate from California State. She has written over 100 mystery books for young adults. She is known for her Orphan Train Adventure Series and other titles including A Family Apart, The Seance and Other Side of the Dark. Her works have earned her the honor of being the only writer to win four Edgar Allen Poe awards and in addition, two Spurs from Western Writers of America. She was a past President of the Mystery Writers of America. She died from complications of pancreatic cancer on June 28, 2003, in Houston, Texas. She was 76. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from A Family Apart… (more)
A Family Apart 720 copies, 9 reviews
The Other Side of Dark 364 copies, 6 reviews
Caught in the Act 360 copies, 2 reviews
The House on Hackman's Hill 352 copies, 16 reviews
If You Were a Writer 322 copies, 1 review
A Place to Belong 301 copies, 2 reviews
In The Face of Danger 289 copies, 1 review
The Seance 286 copies, 8 reviews
Search for the Shadowman 274 copies, 9 reviews
A Deadly Game of Magic 244 copies, 8 reviews
The Haunting 234 copies, 6 reviews
A Dangerous Promise 233 copies, 1 review
The Name of the Game Was Murder 210 copies, 5 reviews
Whispers from the Dead 188 copies, 4 reviews
Murdered, My Sweet 187 copies, 2 reviews
The Weekend Was Murder 181 copies, 4 reviews
The Dark and Deadly Pool 161 copies, 3 reviews
Playing for Keeps 157 copies, 3 reviews
The Stalker 147 copies, 1 review
Nightmare 147 copies, 6 reviews
Land of Hope (Ellis Island) 143 copies, 5 reviews
Keeping Secrets 141 copies
Spirit Seeker 136 copies, 1 review
Shadowmaker 130 copies, 2 reviews
Secret, Silent Screams 127 copies, 1 review
The Ghosts of Now 117 copies, 2 reviews
Circle of Love 115 copies, 1 review
Nobody's There 108 copies, 3 reviews
Don't Scream 105 copies, 4 reviews
Haunted Island 102 copies, 2 reviews
Who Are You? 90 copies, 3 reviews
Land of Dreams (Ellis Island) 89 copies, 2 reviews
The Specter 83 copies, 1 review
A Deadly Promise 76 copies, 1 review
The Island of Dangerous Dreams 72 copies, 2 reviews
The Trap 55 copies
Maggie Too 32 copies
The Making of a Writer 31 copies, 1 review
You Bet Your Britches, Claude 27 copies, 1 review
The Gift 22 copies
When I Am Eight 13 copies, 1 review
Star Baby 13 copies
The Secret Box Mystery 6 copies, 1 review
Mystery of the Haunted Woods 2 copies, 1 review
Orphan Train Children (Author) 1 copy
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Joan Lowery grew up in Hollywood, California. She attended Hollywood High and the University of Southern California, where she majored in journalism and met her future husband, Hershell Nixon. She was a writer since very early childhood, and was first published at age 10, when one of her poems appeared in a children's magazine. She sold her first article to a magazine when she was 17. After college, she became interested in writing fiction and went on to produce more 100 books. Her books for children and young adults ranged from picture books to mysteries to historical novels. Joan Lowery Nixon won awards for her writing in all genres, but was especially recognized as a mystery writer -- she was a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
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