Libby Koponen

Libby Koponen started writing when she was a child and sold her first short story to Redbook magazine a year after she graduated from college. It wasn’t until 2006 however that Little, Brown published her first book, the middle-grade Blow Out the Moon, about an American girl in England, based on Libby’s own childhood experiences. Booklist, in a starred review, said, “Delightful is a word that is overused in reviews, but it's difficult to find one that's more appropriate for this novelized memoir.” Meanwhile School Library Journal wrote, "Koponen is a gifted writer whose distinctive style has a conversational rhythm." Libby also worked with Ed Young on his memoir of his childhood in wartime Shanghai, The House Baba Built, which the New York Times described as “remarkable” and which won the Parents Choice Gold and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Since then, Libby has ghostwritten picture books and nonfiction, but is now lucky enough to be able to work on her own writing full-time. For half the year, she lives and writes in her shepherd's hut on a remote Scottish island. Visit



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