Washington, DC, DC
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her masters degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books, Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?
Danziger received numerous honors, including Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards. Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones.
Paula Danziger died in July 2004 in New York City after complications from a heart attack. She was 59.
To learn more about this much-loved author, take the quiz below, created by Danziger herself.
Close your books. Take out a pen or pencil. Have a great time while taking this “test”!
Print out this page, and circle all the correct answers. There may be more than one.
1. Paula Danziger
A. was raised by wolves.
B. lived on a farm in Holidaysburg, PA, for 3 years.
C. was born in Washington, D.C.
D. lived in Arlington, VA; Nutley, NJ; Metuchen, NJ (while growing up).
E. has 12 brothers and 32 sisters.
F. has 1 brother.
2. Paula's interests while growing up were
B. tap dancing.
H. synchronized swimming.
3. Paula's hair color is or has been
4. Paula's favorite food groups are
D. tuna burgers.
5. Paula was influenced to read by
D. dysfunctional wolves.
E. all of the above.
6. Paula was influenced to write by
A. loving to tell stories.
B. loving comedy.
C. learning cursive writing.
E. a poet named John Ciardi, whose children she used to baby-sit.
F. loving language.
7. Paula was educated at
A. grammar school.
B. grammer school.
C. high school.
D. low school.
8. Paula has a bachelor of Arts degree in
B. Pig Latin.
9. Paula has a masters degree in
C. basket weaving.
D. writing — creative and cursive.
E. all of the above.
10. Paula has had jobs as a
A. gift wrapper at a department store.
B. bowling instructor.
C. playground supervisor (specialties: ending lanyards and finding shortcuts to making pot holders).
D. wolf tamer.
E. teacher of 8th and 9th grades, counselor, and reading coordinator at a college.
1. B, C, D, F
2. A, E, F, G
3. A, B, D, G
4. A, B, F
5. A, B, C
6. A, B, C, E, F
7. A, C, E
9. A, C, E, F