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Selene Castrovilla

Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning author who writes in a wide range. Her common thread is humanity—what's in our hearts never changes. Luna Rising, her first women's fiction was released June 2017. It is the 2017 Book Excellence Award winner for Chick Lit.

Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold, her fourth Revolutionary War picture book, was released September, 2017. It is the recipient of the Tappantown Historical Society Achievement Award and is a Kansas Reading Association Recommended Book.

Revolutionary Rogues is a companion to Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, which was a Booklist Top Ten Biography of the Year (+ starred review), an International School Librarians Honor Book, a Eureka! California Reading Association Honor Book and a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year.

She is currently working on Unpunished, Book Three of the Rough Romance Trilogy. Melt, Book One, was the winner of six awards, including the IndieReader Discovery Award and the SCBWI Spark Award.

Look for her picture book about Savion Glover, coming soon from Holiday House.

Selene holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, Selene's teacher at The New School, calls her "a writer to watch."

Visit her web site at: SeleneCastrovilla.com.

Published Works:

Luna Rising

A Long Island mom divorces her gay husband and sets out on an amusing and heartfelt search for love. Published 2017 by Last Syllable Books.

Revolutionary Rogues: John Andre and Benedict Arnold

The true story of Benedict Arnold's treason, from a human point of view—and a look at the British spy working with Arnold, who won American hearts but paid with his life. Published 2017 by Highlights Press.

Signs of Life: Book Two of the Rough Romance Trilogy

Joey searches for Dorothy before it's too late in this tour de force sequel to Melt. Published 2016 by Last Syllable Books.

Melt: Book One of the Rough Romance Trilogy

A brutal love story: Dorothy moves into town and falls for Joey—but the dark family secret he harbors threatens not only their relationship, but her safety as well. Published 2014 by Last Syllable Books.

Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis De Lafayette

An examination of the tender and extraordinary father/son relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Published 2013 by Highlights Press.

The Girl Next Door

Teen best friends fall in love when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Published 2010 by Westside Books.

Saved by the Music

A lonely teen spends the summer helping her aunt build a floating concert hall, and befriends a teen boy more lonely than her. Can music save them? Published 2009 by Westside Books.

Upon Secrecy

How George Washington's spies saved America: In 1780, France entered the American Revolution. A French fleet was bringing crucial aid to the patriots. Did the British know? Would they intercept? George Washington needed answers—fast. To get them, he turned to his most trusted spies. Upon Secrecy follows the members of the Culper Spy Ring on their most daring and important mission. Washington couldn't outfight the British. Could he outspy them? Published 2009 by Calkins Creek.

By the Sword

Washington's miraculous retreat following the Battle of Long Island through the eyes of untried soldier and teacher Benjamin Tallmadge, who later ran Setauket's Culper Spy Ring. Published 2007 by Highlights Press.

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