Ann Redisch Stampler is an award winning children’s book author. Her first picture book, Something for Nothing, which was published by Clarion Books in 2003, was an Aesop Accolade winner; a Sydney Taylor Notable Book; and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Ann’s subsequent book, Shlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of Pohost was a Sydney Taylor Honor Book and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Ann Stampler won the National Jewish Book Award for her third book, The Rooster Prince of Breslov. All three titles were PJ Library selections. Ann’s most recent picture book, The Wooden Sword (Whitman) is a folktale with roots in both Afghani and Jewish cultures, about a powerful sultan who tests the faith of a simple shoemaker, and finds him unshakable, even in the face of death.
Ann has recently published a novel for teens called Where It Began (Simon Pulse), about Gabby Gardiner, a junior at LA’s most elitist prep school, who will do anything to keep her golden-boy boyfriend — even take the blame, legally, for a car crash that may not have been her fault. “I am inordinately sick of teen novels in which the pay-off seems to lie in identifying with the protagonist as she has sex North of Sunset/on the Upper East Side while wearing Jimmy Choo shoes. Where It Began does have the sex and the shoes, but it is different in intention, voice, and message.”
Ann Redisch Stampler lives in Los Angeles, California. She’s at work on Afterparty, a new novel for Simon Pulse.