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Lauren Tarshis

Lauren Tarshis
Born Lauren Tarshis
(1963-11-23) November 23, 1963
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Ethnicity Jewish
Citizenship American
Period 1989–
Genre Children's literature
Children Dylan Tarshis

Lauren Tarshis (born November 23, 1963) is an author of children's books, with several series of fiction and historical works found in thousands of libraries. She is also the editor of Storyworks magazine.[1] and translated into several languages.[2][3]


Tarshis grew up in Connecticut. He father was a writer, interviewing people 24/7. Tarshis explained how she was satsfied with the sound of her father's typewriter. As a child Tarshis had a hard time reading. If she read a couple of pages she would get lost and wouldn't know what happened. She couldn't finish books. Tarshis stated that she was a shy child and nobody would've expected her to be a writer. Once she grew up she read more. 
Tarshis worked for Scholastic Books for a while. She got to meet many writers. Also Tarshis convinced herself she would become a writer as well. She wrote a story about a girl named Ellie and how she wanted to work with the men to do whaling. Tarshis during a school visit told the students that this was the worst book ever. During this time Tarshis met J.K Rowling before J.K got famous.

She had a meeting with Rowling about her books. Rowling told her, " You need to write 2 bad books to get to a good one." Tarshis went back to her home and wrote a 2nd bad one. The head of Scholastic asked Tarshis if she would want to be the editor of a new magazine "Storyworks." A reading magazine for children. While Tarshis wrote for Scholastic it was mostly for adults and didn't like the thought of children's book.

Tarshis got convinced though and started reading the children's books she never finished as a kid. Tarshis liked children's books. She wrote the Emma Jean Lazarus books. It got published. Tarshis then started to write the I Survived series. She lives in Connecticut with her children and husband.


Title Publication date Type Pages Notes
Taking Off: Extraordinary Ways to Spend Your First Year Out of College January 1, 1989 222
Kate: The Katharine Hepburn Album February 1, 1993 159
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree May 15, 2008 novel 208
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell In Love May 13, 2010 novel 176
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 June 1, 2010 novel 112
I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 September 1, 2010 novel 112
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 March 1, 2011 novel 112
I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 October 1, 2011 novel 112
I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 March 1, 2012 novel 112
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 July 1, 2012 novel 112
I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 February 1, 2013 novel 112
I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 August 27, 2013 novel 112
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 February 25, 2014 novel 112
I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, A.D. 79 August 26, 2014 novel 112

I Survived

This series of first person historical fiction was illustrated by Scott Dawson.

Emma-Jean Lazarus

  • Emma-Jean Lazarus fell out of a tree (2007) in over 1,600 WorldCat libraries[4] (Reviewed by Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books[5])
    • Translated into French as Pourquoi Emma-Jane est tombée de l'arbre, et ce qui s'ensuivit... (2010)
    • Translated into German as Emma-Jean und das Geheimnis des Glücks (2009)
    • Translated into Japanese as エマ・ジーン・ラザルス、木から落ちる / Ema jīn razarusu ki kara ochiru (2008)
  • Emma-Jean Lazarus fell in love (2009) (in over 1,000 WorldCat Libraries[6])
    • Translated into German as Emma-Jean und das Geheimnis der Freundschaft (2011)

Other works

  • The making of Ironweed (1988)
  • Taking off : extraordinary ways to spend your first year out of college (1989)
  • Kate : the Katharine Hepburn album (1993)


  1. ^ "Lauren Tarshis". 
  2. ^ "Tarshis, Lauren". 
  3. ^ Something About the Author, v. 187
  4. ^ OCLC 70707706
  5. ^ Stevenson, Deborah (February 2007). "Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree (review)". Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 60 (6): 269–270.  
  6. ^ OCLC 270230868

External links

  • Official website
  • I Survived site
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