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 Philadelphia. She is the author of humorous middle grade books: the Case Closed series (Mystery in the Mansion and Stolen from the Studio), WizardmatchPilfer Academy and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. Her next: the third book in the puzzle-packed and interactive "pick your path" Case Closed series, Haunting at the Hotelreleases on August 12, 2020 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 lived in Brooklyn, New York for six years. Now she currently resides in Philadelphia, where she now writes full-time.

Case Closed: Mystery in the MansionCase Closed: Stolen from the Studio, Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches are available now. Her next: the third book in the puzzle-packed and interactive "pick your path" Case Closed series, Haunting at the Hotelreleases on August 12, 2020 from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

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

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