Spotlight
Russell Freedman
Freedman talks about writing Because They Marched.
read more >>

Common Core State Standards
I Like to Read Books
Holiday House eBooks

Betty Ren Wright

When she was eight, Betty Ren Wright began copying her poems into a loose-leaf notebook with her name lettered across the cover. That was her first book, and she liked the idea so much she never stopped writing. She attended grade school, high school, and college in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area, and took every opportunity to write. Her first short story, a mystery, was published soon after graduation, and her first picture book appeared a couple of years later.

For many years, Betty Ren was an editor of children's books and did most of her writing in her spare time. In 1976 she married and became step-grandmother to a large family. Two years later she left editing to write full-time. She is the author of the successful novel The Dollhouse Murders, the recipient of nine child-voted state awards, and Christina's Ghost, winner of seven state awards, among many other middle-grade mysteries. In addition, Betty Ren has also penned more than thirty-five picture books for children, including The Blizzard, which appeared on state award master lists and was a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. In 2006 Betty Ren was honored as a Notable Wisconsin Children's Author by the Wisconsin Library Association. She lived near Kenosha, Wisconsin, until her death in 2013.

Read an interview with Betty Ren Wright

Books by Betty Ren Wright

CHRISTINA'S GHOST, Trade Binding
CHRISTINA'S GHOST, Paperback
CRANDALLS' CASTLE, Paperback
THE DOLLHOUSE MURDERS, Trade Binding
THE DOLLHOUSE MURDERS, Paperback