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, WizardmatchPilfer Academy and The Only Thing Worse Than Witchesare available now. Her next: the first book in the Case Closed series, a "pick your path" mystery series for middle grade, releases on August 14, 2018 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.

Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches are available now. Her next project is a "pick your path" mystery series called Case Closed. The first book in that series, Mystery in the Mansion, comes out on August 14, 2018 from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

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

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