Lynne Reid Banks

Lynne Reid Banks was born on July 31, 1929 in London, England. She became a famous writer. Her parents were James and Muriel Reid Banks. When she was a child she hated to read but she loved to listen to stories when people read to her. She was an actress in the 1950s studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Later Lynne became one of Britain's first female TV news reports. In 1962 she moved to Israel, where she taught for eight years in a kibbutz. In 1965 she married a sculptor, Chaim Stephenson. They have three sons, Adiel, Gillon, and Omri.

Lynne has written over thirty books. Her most famous are The Indian in the Cupboard, Broken Bridge, One More River, Angela and Diabola, and Harry the Poisonous Centipede. Lynne writes books for all ages. She wrote 340 pages for the Broken Bridge!

She lives with her husband in a 300-year-old farmhouse in Dorset, England.

Image courtesy of Omri Stephenson

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by Nicole & Jasmine, fourth grade, 2005