Odanaka, Barbara

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ODANAKA, Barbara

Personal

Born in Long Beach, California; children: one son. Hobbies and other interests: Skateboarding.

Addresses

Home Laguna Beach, CA. Agent c/o Author Mail, G. P. Putnam, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014. E-mail skateboardmom.com; [email protected]

Career

Journalist and author. Los Angeles Times, former sports reporter; freelance writer. Has appeared on television programs, including Good Morning America and The Early Show.

Member

International Society of Skateboarding Moms (founder).

Writings

Skateboard Mom, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, G. P. Putnam (New York, NY), 2004.

Smash! Mash! Crash: There Goes the Trash, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Margaret K. McElderry Books (New York, NY), 2006.

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2004, review of Skateboard Mom, p. 335.

Publishers Weekly, May 10, 2004, review of Skateboard Mom, p. 58.

School Library Journal, May, 2004, Linda Staskus, review of Skateboard Mom, p. 120.

ONLINE

About.com, http://skateboard.about.com/ (February 28, 2005), Steve Cave, interview with Odanaka.

SkateboardMom.com (Barbara Odanaka Web site), http://skateboardmom.homestead.com (February 28, 2005).