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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)
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The Other Side of Dark 346 copies, 6 reviews
Caught in the Act 324 copies, 1 review
The House on Hackman's Hill 312 copies, 16 reviews
A Place to Belong 272 copies, 2 reviews
The Seance 264 copies, 8 reviews
If You Were a Writer 260 copies, 1 review
In The Face of Danger 254 copies, 1 review
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A Deadly Game of Magic 231 copies, 8 reviews
The Haunting 220 copies, 6 reviews
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Whispers from the Dead 176 copies, 4 reviews
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The Dark and Deadly Pool 154 copies, 3 reviews
Playing for Keeps 147 copies, 3 reviews
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Land of Hope (Ellis Island) 134 copies, 5 reviews
Nightmare 134 copies, 6 reviews
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Secret, Silent Screams 119 copies, 1 review
Shadowmaker 118 copies, 2 reviews
The Ghosts of Now 106 copies, 2 reviews
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Circle of Love 100 copies
Don't Scream 95 copies, 4 reviews
Haunted Island 92 copies, 1 review
Land of Dreams (Ellis Island) 84 copies, 2 reviews
Who Are You? 80 copies, 2 reviews
The Specter 79 copies, 1 review
A Deadly Promise 74 copies, 1 review
The Island of Dangerous Dreams 66 copies, 2 reviews
The Trap 53 copies
Maggie Too 33 copies
The Making of a Writer 30 copies, 1 review
You Bet Your Britches, Claude 26 copies, 1 review
The Gift 22 copies
When I Am Eight 13 copies, 1 review
Star Baby 11 copies
The Secret Box Mystery 4 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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