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Alice Hoffman


New York


New York


United States of America




United States of America

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. She attended Adelphi University, and then received a Mirrelees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, receiving an MA in creative writing.

Hoffman wrote her first novel, Property Of, when she was 21 and a student at Stanford. She has published a total of 14 books of fiction and 6 books for children. Her fiction has been published in more than 20 languages and more than 100 editions throughout the world. Hoffman's novel, Here on Earth, was an Oprah Book Club choice. Her novel, Practical Magic, was made into a film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novels, The River King and Blue Diary are New York Times bestsellers. Her collection of short fiction, Local Girls, was chosen by School Library Journal as one of the year's best adult books for young adults.

For Hoffman's debut title with Scholastic Press, Aquamarine, she took inspiration from the summer when she was 12 and spent every day together with her best friend Carol at their local beach. Shortly afterward, Carol's family moved away. Though they feared their friendship would not stay strong, they discovered that real friendship could last. Alice Hoffman has dedicated Aquamarine to Carol and her daughter, Allison. Aquamarine is a story for young and old, the tale of two best friends, Hailey and Claire, and of a mermaid who has left her home in the sea to search for love on land. On the edge of growing up, Hailey and Claire learn that friendship is forever and that magic can be found in the most unexpected places.

For Scholastic Press, Hoffman has also written the young adult novels Indigo, Green Angel, and its sequel, Green Witch. With her son Wolfe Martin, she wrote the picture book Moondog.

Alice Hoffman lives with her family in Massachusetts. For more information about her, please visit

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