Andrea Alban (a.k.a. Gosline) is the author of inspirational parenting books and children's picture books and novels. She is a native San Franciscan raised in a neighborhood teeming with big backyards and adventurous children. She cultivated her appreciation of nature during solo walks near the family summer home in the pine forests of Lake Tahoe. On her sixth birthday, she self-published her first poetry book—a handlettered scroll tied with red ribbon. At high school graduation, her creative writing teacher awarded her the Bank of America English Achievement Award. The framed certificate still hangs in her writing room as a beacon for her creative journey. Andrea has worn many entrepreneurial hats—from owning a natural food store to producing large scale events for the National Parks Association, the Salvation Army, and the American Heart Association. Now a full-time author, speaker and writing coach, Andrea lives with her family in San Francisco.
Maxine Hong Kingston
Anya's War by Andrea Alban
It is the eve of World War II. Anya Rosen and her family have left their home in Odessa for Shanghai, believing that China will be a safe haven from Hitler's forces. At first Anya's life in Shanghai is privileged and relatively carefree: she has crushes on boys, fights with her mother, and longs to defy expectations just like her hero, Amelia Earhart. Then Anya finds a baby, a newborn abandoned on the street. Amelia Earhart goes missing. And it becomes dangerously clear that no place is safe—not for Jewish families like the Rosens, not for Shanghai's poor, not for adventurous women pilots. Based on the author's family history, ANYA'S WAR is about finding strength within, when the world spins out of control.
Barbara Moulton of The Moulton Agency
Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers
HarperCollins Children's Publishers
Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari Press
Yoga, gardening, tennis, hiking, dancing, cooking with foods in season
Friends of the Urban Forest, Greenpeace, Roots and Shoots
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