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Elizabeth Levy grew up in Buffalo, New York, then went to Brown University, where she majored

in history. When she graduated, she went to New

York City and worked for ABC-TV and then for

Senator Robert Kennedy. She's lived in New York

ever since, and loves it. "I know all the best places

for salami," she says. "I've run four marathons, and

many 5-borough bike tours, so I think I really know

this place well."

At certain times of the year, Elizabeth Levy, an avid

baseball fan, can be found out at Shea Stadium

watching her favorite team, the New York Mets.

Mostly she enjoys spendig time with friends, going

to movies or plays, playing sports, and having

meals together.

"When I'm alone and not writing," she says, "I'm usually reading. I read mysteries a lot, always have, which is probably why many of my books are mysteries.

"I've been writing for nearly thirty years and sometimes now I meet kids whose parents have read my books. I have written over 80 books, a number that continues to surprise me, as it surprises me how long I've been at it."

There are about five million of Ms. Levy's books in libraries, schools, and in the hands of children.

"I love to try writing different types of books -- everything from funny mysteries to novels about kids who get in trouble to history."

Ms. Levy finds that one of the most pleasant surprises about writing is that she's invited to travel all over the country, and even the world, to speak to children, teachers, and librarians. "I've made some wonderful friendships and gotten lots of ideas for my books. One of the most special treats is that kids have drawn wonderful pictures of one my favorite characters, Fletcher, from the "Something Queer" series. Elizabeth Levy and Caldecott winner, Mordicai Gerstein, are about to embark on some new titles starring Fletcher.

Ms. Levy is on both the Nassau BOCES and the Putnam/Westchester BOCES.