Joan Axelrod-Contrada - Author of Books for Children and Young Adults
Joan writes both fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. The author of over 20 books for young people, she is a journalist, writing teacher, and 2015 graduate of the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She prides herself in writing reader-friendly prose about people, events, and high-interest topics like ghosts and mummies. 


Mia Hamm: Soccer Player reflects Joan's love of biography. Like all good life stories, Mia Hamm's involved both ups and downs, highs and lows. She became the first international star of women's soccer due to her grit and perseverance. Read about how she helped the U.S. national team win World Cup championships in 1996 and 2004, inspiring girls throughout the world.


The Twelve Worst Shipwrecks of All Time takes readers on a narrative journey through infamous disasters at sea, including The Titanic, the pirate ship Whydah Gally, the Exxon Valdez, and recent refugee crossings. Concrete details show how a luxurious cruise or simple church outing can turn deadly. Back matter describes how to stay safe if planning a journey by boat or ship.

                                                YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Free wants to live up to her name and become the lead singer in a girl rock band. When she falls for her guitar teacher, things get messy. Then, when she’s not careful, things gets worse. This novel for reluctant readers explores the controversial topic of teen pregnancy. 


Joan enjoys making her books entertaining for readers. The School Library Journal praised  her book The Lizzie Borden "Axe Murder” Trial (Enslow Publishers, 2000) for its " breezy style." Joan's hi-lo titles from Capstone Press such as The Kids' Guide to Mummies and The World's Most Famous Ghosts reflect her  interest in the wacky and  weird.  To order Ghoulish Ghost Stories from, click on the image of the book.

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