A longtime correspondent for The Boston Globe, Joan Axelrod-Contrada brings the clarity and power of journalism to her writing for children. The School Library Journal
praised her book, The Lizzie Borden "Axe Murder" Trial: A Headline Court Case,
for its “breezy style.”
In her nonfiction, Joan likes to write about the weird and wacky: Elvis Presley’s ghost, lizards that squirt blood from their eyes, the list goes on and on. She grew up hating dolls but loving animals. She carried around a mud turtle in her doll carriage.
As a teenager, Joan listened to rock 'n' roll and found her passion for writing. Her young adult novel, Sizzle, tells the story of a young singer-songwriter.
The author lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, Fred, also a writer. They have a son and daughter, both in their 20s, as well as a mixed-breed dog named Bandit. Joan loves to write plays, wear funky jewelry, eat spicy food, and go to music festivals.