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Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Children’s book author-illustrator Elise Primavera (the creator of the New York Times bestseller Auntie Claus - soon to be an original feature film from Netflix!) begins her newest middle grade novel Marigold Star (HarperCollins, June 18, 2019) by asking the question: What is your magic power? It’s a question that her main character, Marigold Star, is sent on a quest to discover. It is also one that the author believes is vital in order to cultivate what makes us uniquely ourselves and one that she hopes the story and her illustrations will leave her readers to ponder.

Elise Primavera has been writing and illustrating books for children for over 25 years. Her illustrations for Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen (Harcourt, 1998) received a 1999 Christopher Award, the 1999 Irma S and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature from the Bank Street College of Education, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. In 1999, she created the national best-selling series Auntie Claus.

She was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House in 2004 and, in 2006, wrote and illustrated her first middle grade novel, the popular Secret Order Of The Gumm Street Girls. She has gone on to write the middle grade series Ms Rapscott’s Girls and Libby Of High Hopes.

Currently Auntie Claus is being developed as a feature film for Netflix with Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Disney’s The Descendants) as producer/director.

Her latest middle grade novel from HarperCollins, Marigold Star – which she both wrote and illustrated – will be available for purchase from June 18, 2019, everywhere books are sold and on Amazon.