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Rebecca Rupp

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From Becky's website: I’m a freelance writer—as well as writing for National Geographic’s The Plate on food science and history, I do articles for national magazines on everything from the natural history of squirrels to the archaeology of privies. I also write both non-fiction and fiction books for kids and adults. (My latest for foodies, How Carrots Won the Trojan War—an eccentric history of garden vegetables—won the Garden Writers Association Gold Medal.)

My interest in science comes from awful, but exciting, experiences with a childhood chemistry set, and a respectable Ph.D. in cell biology andbiochemistry. I keep my hand in by teaching science classes for kids and raising sea monkeys in the kitchen.

I am the spouse, parent, and friend of many excellent cooks. My own culinary talents include inventing creative ways to disguise zucchini, chopping things up, and doing the dishes.

Rebecca Rupp has a Ph.D. in cell biology, has written for many professional journals and national magazines, and has published several books. She lives in Vermont with her husband and three sons, with whom she shares a tractor, a telescope, and a toboggan. Alliteration helps her remember, though mostly she forgets things unless she writes them down.

I prefer Mac to PC, fountain pens to ballpoints, vanilla to chocolate, and almost anything to lima beans.

When not writing, I garden, bicycle, kayak, volunteer at the library, and sit on the back porch of our house in far northern Vermont and gaze longingly at Canada, particularly after listening to the evening news.

After Eli Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763676742
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - April 28th, 2015

“Nostalgic . . . interestingly quirky. . . . A tribute to those left behind.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603429689
Availability: Backordered
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - October 7th, 2011

Discover why Roman gladiators were massaged with onion juice before battle, how celery contributed to Casanova’s conquests, how peas almost poisoned General Washington, and why some seventeenth-century turnips were considered degenerate. Rebecca Rupp tells the strange and fascinating history of 23 of the world’s most popular vegetables.

Octavia Boone's Big Questions about Life, the Universe and Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763644918
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - September 14th, 2010

After her parents find clashing answers to life’s big questions, it’s time for Octavia to make some choices of her own in this poignant, funny, thought-provoking novel. (Ages 9-12)

Sarah Simpson's Rules for Living Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763632205
Availability: Special Order
Published: Candlewick - February 26th, 2008

Family changes bring plenty to dislike — and a chance to grow into acceptance — as a spirited girl speaks her mind with honesty and wit.

Sarah Simpson’s Rules for Living:
1. Don’t lie.
2. Don’t trust anybody but cats.
3. Don’t expect happy endings.
4. Drink skim milk.
5. Avoid blondes.

Journey to the Blue Moon: In Which Time is Lost and Then Found Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763625443
Availability: Special Order
Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2006

Time gets out of hand in a witty, suspenseful fantasy from the author of The Dragon of Lonely Island.

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ISBN: 9780763628055
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Published: Candlewick - April 11th, 2006

"Rebecca Rupp's magical tale . . . radiates a glow as golden as the dragon's scales." — Boston Globe