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The Maze


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About the Reviewers:

Front Row:
Growing up with two older brothers in a close family made me feel safe, even though we moved a lot. Dad and Mom took us to the library as well as read to us at home. My husband is a non-fiction reader and marvels that I can stay up most of the night reading when I get started with a good book. Thank goodness for the microwave, because if it is a really good book, dinner doesn't even get on the table! My four sons are all science fiction fans and are teaching me the value of this genre. Judy Stoner

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!) and have lived in Arizona for nine years. For the past five years, I have worked at The University of Arizona in program administration, but I have worked in other settings, including the book-publishing industry, corporate communications, and as a nutrition educator in the Peace Corps. Even though I have several academic degrees, I find myself in school again, working toward my secondary teaching certification to become a language arts teacher and coach. Sometimes I feel I am a poster child for the phrase "never stop learning!" Outside of work and school, I enjoy reading (much more now than when I was in high school, so have faith you reluctant readers!), writing, traveling, baking, listening to music, participating in a variety of outdoor and volunteer activities, and spending time with my friends and family. Peggy Ruppert

Back Row:
My name is Carrie and I was born in Los Angeles, California. I am a fiction writer, and I hope you will be able to read my first young adult novel soon! It's about a young girl who goes to a different planet to learn about culture, war, and survival. Does that sound good? When I'm not writing, I read books, scuba dive, travel all over the world (I especially like islands.), cook, and play with my kittens (Mimi and Gus). Carrie Batten

Hi! My name is Meggin. I spent the first half of my life in Minnesota. I moved to Tucson in 1989 and now live in central Tucson with my machinist/musician husband, three great kids--ages 2, 4.5, and 14 and our pets. I am currently working on a graduate degree in library science and hope to build a career around my love for books, reading and writing. I enjoy reading bumperstickers as I drive. Two of my favorites are "Kill Your Television" and "Frodo Lives." Meggin Kitterman

(Spring 2006)

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