Chasing After Annie

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HarperCollins Publishers, Jan 17, 1991 - Diaries - 62 pages
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While Richie writes in his journal that Annie "probably thinks I'm the greatest", Annie tells her journal that she dislikes Richie "more than bugs". But when Richie finds her beloved lost dog Fritz, Annie begins to change her mind. At the same time she wonders why Fritz is acting so different, and then the real Fritz shows up!

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Sharmat was born in November 12, 1928 in Portland, Maine. After graduating from high school in 1946, she went on to Lasell Junior College in Auburndale, Massachusetts. In 1947, she transferred to Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine where she graduated from the following year with a degree in merchandising. When she graduated from college, Sharmat took a position with a department store, but left to take a position in the Circulation Department at the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut in 1951, a position she held until 1954. At that time she transferred to join the circulation staff of the Yale Law Library, where she stayed until 1955. Sharmat's first published "work" was a national advertising slogan for the W.T. Grant Company for their spring promotion. It was four words long. She published her first story while she was working at the library at Yale University. It was a short story for adults. Her second story was an article about Yale. It ended up becoming part of the Yale Memorabilia Collection. Her first published childrens book was Rex, 1967, and winner of the Book of the Year Citation from the Library of Congress. While the book did well, it was her third book Nate the Great, published in 1972, that really made her a writing success. In the 1960's and 1970s she wrote exclusively for children. Many of these books won awards from the Child Study Association and numerous magazines. In 1982, Sharmat broke onto the young adult writing scene with her first book, a novelization published by Dell of the CBS-TV sitcom, Square Pegs. Her first young adult novel, I Saw Him First, was published in 1989. Sharmat has written hundreds of books, mostly for children, including the "Nate the Great" series, the "Olivia Sharp, Agent for Secrets" series with her husband, Mitchell Sharmat, and "The Kids of the Bus" series with her son, Andrew. She has also written young adult novels under her own name and the name of Wendy Andrews, and the "Sorority Sisters" series.

Marc Simont was born in Paris, France on November 23, 1915. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. He attended art school in Paris, at the Académie Julian, Académie Ranson, and the André Lhote School, and in New York, at the New York National Academy of Design. During his lifetime, he illustrated nearly 100 books including The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord, How to Get to First Base: A Picture Book of Baseball by Red Smith, and The 13 Clocks by James Thurber. He also wrote and illustrated around ten of his own works including The Goose That Almost Got Cooked. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss, a Caldecott Medal in 1957 for illustrating A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry, and a Caldecott Honor in 2002 for illustrating his book The Stray Dog. He died on July 13, 2013 at the age of 97.

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