Ellsworth, Loretta 1954-

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Ellsworth, Loretta 1954-


Born September 27, 1954, in Mason City, IA; father's name Gordon (a carpenter); mother's name Pat (a homemaker); married; husband's name Jim (a computer engineer); children: Chris, Brian, Andrew, Erin. Education: University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 1977. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic.


St. John the Baptist School, Savage, MN, teacher, 1993—.


The Shrouding Woman (young adult novel), Henry Holt (New York, NY), 2002.

In Search of Harper Lee (young adult novel), Henry Holt (New York, NY), 2005.


Loretta Ellsworth told CA: "I grew up in a large family—five brothers and a sister, plus many cousins and aunts and uncles. I didn't write much as a child, but I did read, and most importantly, I listened. I sat glued to the kitchen chair as my aunts and mother talked, taking in everything until I was told to go outside and play. As a result, I usually only heard half the story and had to use my imagination to make up the rest. I think this is why I always have stories inside my head, stored up for many years, just waiting to be told."



Booklist, May 15, 2002, Frances Bradburn, review of The Shrouding Woman, p. 1606.

School Library Journal, April, 2002, Cindy Darling Codell, review of The Shrouding Woman, p. 146.

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