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Ellen Raskin was born in Milwaukee on March 13, 1928. She studied art at the University of Wisconsin Madison, then moved to New York to become a freelance illustrator. On her second day in the city, she picked up five assignments: three book jackets and two album covers.

When she completed her one-thousandth book jacket, he began to question her choice of professions. No longer satisfied with interpreting other's ideas, she decided to write and illustrate her own. Within a week she received contracts for her first two children's books.

Raskin died on August 8, 1984.


Figgs and Phantoms

The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel)

The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues

The Westing Game (1979 Newbery Award)

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