For more people named Joan Bauer, please see Joan BauerJoan Bauer
, born July 12, 1951 in River Forest, Illinois, is an award-winning author of young adult literature currently living in Brooklyn. The main characters in her books are typically teenagers who are dealing with complicated family issues, such as alcoholism, abandonment, illness, and self-esteem issues, but such issues are faced with a light touch and humor is added in to lighten it up.
Before publishing her first book, Bauer worked for the Chicago Tribune, McGraw-Hill books, and WLS Radio. During her career, Bauer has won several awards for her writing including the Newbery Honor, LA Times Book Prize, Christopher Award, and the Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Bauer is married and the parent of one daughter.
Her novels include (in chronological order)
- Rules Of The Road
- Hope Was Here
- Stand Tall
- Best Foot Forward