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MEET FIONA INGRAM

Fiona Ingram writes about the kinds of stories that interest her: mystery and adventure. In creating The Chronicles of the Stone series, she draws on her love of literature, art, theatre, history, and travel.

She also is helped by two curious boys in her family: her nephews. The teens not only serve as the models for cousins Justin and Adam, they also help her understand what kids want in books: lots of adventure, exotic people and places, some mystery, and no long, drawn-out descriptions.

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first book in the series, delivers on those goals. Ironically, although Fiona had been a journalist for more than 15 years, she had never considered writing children's literature.

Born in Durban, South Africa, Fiona now lives in Johannesburg. She spent several years in France, earning a masters degree in French-African literature. She also holds bachelors degrees in French and drama, for which she also has an Honours degree. Before becoming a journalist, Fiona worked in community theater. She taught drama and also produced community productions.

Fiona is dedicated to educating kids through reading. That's why you will find maps, history, and links to more information on her website. Win a copy of The Secret of the Sacred Scarab for your school library! This is an ongoing contest, and every four to six weeks, Fiona selects a winning school. There are no geographic boundaries, and Fiona has donated 25 books so far.

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