Fantasy meets reality in Ellen Booraem’s middle-grade novels—most recently Texting the Underworld (Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers). Texting the Underworld introduces Conor O’Neill, a South Boston twelve-year-old who tries to save his family by following a young banshee to a multicultural Underworld. The book explores the themes of self-esteem, courage, family life, death, and diversity.
Booraem is also the author of Small Persons with Wings and The Unnameables, a finalist for the Maine Literary Award. Her books have made “best of the year” lists including Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, The Washington Post, and the American Library Association.
A fourth fantasy, set on the Maine coast in 1651, is scheduled for publication in 2017 with Kathy Dawson Books, a Penguin imprint.
A Maine elementary school writing coach for ten years, Booraem has presented workshops on character development, journalism, and the writing life for audiences ranging in age from middle school to adult. She also offers classroom visits via Skype.
Booraem was a Maine newspaper reporter and editor for nineteen years, serving most recently as arts editor of The Ellsworth American. She has freelanced for newspapers and magazines and in corporate settings. A graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, she lives in Brooklin, Maine.