Biography

Ann Manheimer is a writer and educator with a passion for stories and a background in law and journalism.

She grew up in Los Angeles, inventing stories to keep her company when she felt lonely and to entertain herself when she felt bored. In college, she became an English major so she could read stories and call it studying.

After college, she worked as an editor and journalist before earning a law degree. Her areas of practice included criminal defense, family, and business litigation. Even then, it was facts behind the law – the stories – that intrigued her.

She re-discovered the joy of children’s literature while reading to her daughters. Returning her focus to writing, she took classes, joined critique groups, and entered the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College. She now writes stories – real and imagined – for young people. Her works include middle-grade biographies and topical anthologies for young adults. Her science fiction, fantasy, and realistic short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines. In addition to writing, she teaches in elementary schools, does school author visits, speaks at conferences, and provides private manuscript consultations.

Selected Works

Biography
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Dreaming of Equality
An award-winning biography of the famous civil rights leader, for grades 4 through 7.
James Beckwourth: Legendary Mountain Man
“An authentic, compelling account of Jim Beckwourth’s life as a famous African American frontiersman …. ”
Short story
“Riffs,” in What A Song Can Do: 12 Riffs on the Power of Music
Sixteen-year-old Lee is torn between playing with his band or caring for his hospitalized mother.

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