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Joan Davenport Carris

Joan Davenport Carris, Spanish writer. Certified teacher in English, French, and speech. Recipient Reader's Choice award State of Indiana, 1986, Tennessee, 1986, Iowa, 1985. Member Children's Book Guild Washington District of Columbia (president 1992-1993), National League American Pen Women (president Princeton branch 1980-1983), Society Children's Book Writers.

Background

  • Carris, Joan Davenport was born on August 18, 1938 in Toledo. Daughter of Roy and Gertrude Elfrid (Nichols) Davenport.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in English, Iowa State University, 1960.

    Career

    • Classroom teacher Iowa Public Schools, 1960-1965. Private practice as writer, journalist, author, since 1976. Tutor, educational consultant, since 1966.

      Instructor Ti-Indiana Educational Network, San Antonio. New Jersey Council on Children's Literature: Authors and Illustrators Annual Symposiums, 1986-1995. Instructor SAT-PSAT preparation, 1988-1990.

      Appeared on national radio and television shows for interviews about education, test preparation, and children's literature.

    Major achievements

    • Certified teacher in English, French, and speech.

    Works

    • Beware the Ravens, Aunt Morbelia
    • Todd Fearing and his best friend, Jeff, must protect an unwitting Aunt Morbelia during a trip to London and the Fearing estate, after a series of ominous events, sinister messages, and shady characters threatens the trio.
    • The greatest idea ever
    • Fourth grade is a time of turmoil for the irrepressible Gus, whose imaginative ideas constantly get him into trouble as he tries to train his new dog, organizes a school art show, and battles his enemy Nanny Vincent.

    Membership

    Member Children's Book Guild Washington District of Columbia (president 1992-1993), National League American Pen Women (president Princeton branch 1980-1983), Society Children's Book Writers.

    Personality

    Interests

    Tennis, reading, gardening.

    Connections

    • Married Barr Tupper Carris, December 28, 1960. Children: Minda Sue, Leigh Ann, Bradley.
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    Born August 18, 1938
    • 1960
      Iowa State University
    • 1960 - 1965
      Classroom teacher, Iowa Public Schools
    • 1976
      private practice, as writer