Dee, Barbara

Barbara Dee is the award-winning author of fourteen middle grade novels published by Simon & Schuster, including Unstuck, Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet, Violets Are Blue, My Life in the Fish Tank, Maybe He Just Likes You, Star-Crossed and Halfway Normal. Her books have been named to many best-of lists, including the Washington Post’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, the ALA Notable Children’s Books, the ALA Rise: A Feminist Book Project List, the ALA Rainbow List Top Ten, and SLJ’s Best Books of the Year. She lives in Chappaqua, NY.


School Library Journal’s Best Books 2022 and 2021; 2020 ALA Notable Book; 2020 ALA Rise: A Feminist Book List; 2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten; Washington Post Best Children’s Books of the 2019; NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People; Bank Street Best Books of the Year (several times); A Mighty Girl’s Best Books of the Year (several times); 2020-21 and 2021-22 Project Lit selections; Goodreads Choice finalist; multiple state book award nominations; multiple starred reviews.

3 Fun Facts

1. I’m scared of roller coasters.
2. My favorite band is Radiohead.
3. My favorite team is the NY Yankees.