Erin Dionne

Erin Dionne is a writer and teacher living in the greater Boston area. Her first novel, Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies (2009), published by Dial Books for Young Readers, was selected as a Featured Title for Scholastic Book Fairs. Her next book, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet (Dial Books 2010), received starred reviews, was featured in major market magazines (Disney’s Family Fun Time and Girl’s Life), and has been named to several state reading lists. Her third novel, Notes from An Accidental Band Geek  (Dial 2011) was inspired by Erin’s eight years spent in marching band, has been embraced by the US Scholastic Bands Association and also appears on several state reading lists. Additionally, she is proud to be a contributor to the anthology Dear Bully (Harper Collins, 2011).

Her next novel, based on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, will be released by Dial Books in July, 2013.

Erin received a BA in English and Communications from Boston College in 1997 and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in 1999. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Currently, she is an assistant professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art, in Beverly, Mass.

Quirky writing habit:
In order to start a new book, I need to find a blank journal that has a cover that somehow represents or relates to my main character. I keep all kinds of notes, lists, timelines, etc, in the journal and do a lot of prewriting in there before I start sitting at the keyboard.

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Elsie Wyatt is a born French horn player, just like her father and her grandfather before her. In order to qualify for the prestigious summer music camp of her dreams, she must expand her musical horizons and join - gasp! - the marching band. There are no French horns in marching band (what the heck is a mellophone??), but there are some cute boys. And marching band is very different from orchestra: they march, they chant, they . . . cluck? Elsie is not so sure she'll survive, but the new friends she's making and the actual fun she's having will force her to question her dad's expectations and her own musical priorities.