Dee, Barbara

Barbara Dee is the author of ten middle grade novels, including 2019’s Maybe He Just Likes You, the first middle school #MeToo story. Everything I Know About You is one of the 2019 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, and included on A Mighty Girl’s Best of 2018.  Halfway Normal (2017)  appears on state lists in Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Carolina, Maryland and Vermont. Star-Crossed (2017) is an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten, a 2018 Goodreads Choice Finalist, and on many Best of 2017 lists. Barbara’s next book, My Life in the Fish Tank, will be published Fall 2020.

State reading lists in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Maryland, Vermont, South Carolina;2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten; Goodreads Choice Finalist; Best Books of 2017 Lists for Public Library Systems in Chicago, King County (Seattle) and Cleveland Heights/University Heights, Ohio; 2018 Texas Lone star Annotated Reading List; CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2018;CCBC Choices 2018; 2018 ILA Young Adult Choices Reading List; Bank Street Best Books of the Year 2019; A Mighty Girl’s Best Books of 2018; Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and School Library Journal. Visit her at

2020 ALA Notable Children’s Book (Middle Grade—Older Readers).
2020 ALA Rise List (formerly known as the Amelia Bloomer List for feminist literature).
2020 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.
MAYBE HE JUST LIKE YOU is one of  the 2019 Washington Post Best Children’s Books of the Year.

3 Fun Facts

1. My favorite band is Radiohead. I’ve seen them perform live in seven cities…so far.
2. I love baseball in general, the NY Yankees in particular (though I grew up a Mets fan).
3. Whenever I have writer’s block, I walk my rescue hound dog, Ripley.