About the Author

The short version:

Lauren Magaziner grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and is a proud graduate of Hamilton College. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her humorous middle grade books, Case Closed: Mystery in the MansionWizardmatchPilfer Academy and The Only Thing Worse Than Witchesare available now. Her next: the second book in the puzzle-packed and interactive "pick your path" Case Closed series, Case Closed: Stolen from the Studioreleases on August 13, 2019 from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

The longer version:

Lauren Magaziner grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where she spent her childhood with her nose in a book and her fingers curled over a keyboard.

Lauren studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Hamilton College. She wrote her debut novel, The Only Thing Worse Than Witches, while studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland her Junior year. In addition to writing a book in Scotland, Lauren also herded sheep, attended a royal wedding, witnessed a waddling parade of penguins, rode the real Hogwarts express, spotted the Loch Ness monster, and stuck her face in a fairy river of eternal youth. (All of those things are true, and Lauren has the pictures to prove it.)

After college, Lauren worked on two delightful Scholastic magazines: writing for the issues and creating online teaching resources. She currently resides in Brooklyn, where she now writes full-time.

Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion, Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches are available now. Her next: the second book in the puzzle-packed and interactive "pick your path" Case Closed series, Case Closed: Stolen from the Studioreleases on August 13, 2019 from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

Big News:
Pilfer Academy has  
been optioned to Nickelodeon for a TV Movie!

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