Franny Billingsley (born July 3, 1954) is the author of two award-winning children's fantasy novels, Well Wished and The Folk Keeper. She has also authored the upcoming novel Chime and the picture book Big Bad Bunny. She lives in Illinois.
Billingsley graduated from Tufts University in 1976, and from Boston University Law School in 1979. After moving back to Chicago, she wrote for many years while working at 57th Street Books in Hyde Park until 1999. She is now a full-time author. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband Richard. They have two children.
In the village of Bishop Mayne is a magical Wishing Well where a person may make one wish in a lifetime. But the Well can create problems for those who use its power, for wishes often go wrong. It was just such a wish that took all the children in the town away. Only eleven-year-old Nuria, who lives with her grandfather up on the mountain, remains.Then one child returns-Catty Winter. Catty's legs are mysteriously crippled, and Catty desperately wants Nuria to make a wish so she can walk again. Nuria swears she will make the wish for her friend. But the Well has a mind of its own. What if Nuria's wish goes wrong?
Awards:1997-8 Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize Honor Book (best fantasy written in the English language)
Best Book Lists:School Library Journal Best BookBooklist Top Ten First Novels for YouthSchool Library Journal "Sleeper": 100 Books Too Good to Miss
The Folk Keeper
Young-adult novel, Atheneum 1999
Summary from the author's official site:
Corinna is a Folk Keeper. Her job is to keep the mysterious Folk who live beneath the ground at bay. But Corinna has a secret that even she doesn't fully comprehend, until she agrees to serve as Folk Keeper at Marblehaugh Park, a wealthy family's seaside manor. There her hidden powers burst into full force, and Corinna's life changes forever...
Awards:2000 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Fiction2000 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, Children's Literature
Best Book Lists:ALA Notable Book for ChildrenBooklist Editors' ChoiceSchool Library Journal Best BookBulletin Blue Ribbon BookPublishers Weekly Best BookBooklist Top Ten Fantasy Books for Youth
Big Bad Bunny
Children's picture book, Atheneum 2008
At home,in the Mouse House,Baby Boo-Boo gets no respect.
Just look at her name:Baby Boo-Boo.
She's no baby!
The word drives her wild in a big, bad way.
And here's Mama Mouse calling, always calling after her,
"Baby! Where are you, Baby?"
It's humiliating.Mice (and other small persons)will understand whatBig Bad Boo-Boo does.It's quite naughty.
Best Book Lists:Oprah's Book Club: Kids Reading List (3—5 Years) Oprah's Book Club - 3 to 5 Years