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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. Her next YA novel, The Beautiful Lost, will be out from Scholastic in 2017.  The Secret Language of Sisters, was her first YA book.  She loved writing that novel and yes: she and her sisters really did have a secret language. Rice’s books often center on love, family, nature and the sea. In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree and invited her to donate her papers to the college's Special Collections Library. She has also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Joseph College (her mothers alma mater) 's West Hartford, Conn. In June 2014, she received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award in the Literary Arts category for excellence and lifetime achievement as a literary artist and was honored to share the stage with brilliant artist Tim Prentice and legendary actor Christopher Plummer.  (Yes.  Captain Von Trapp.  Also great Shakespearean actor.  That Christopher Plummer.)

Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for a mini-series on Lifetime. Rice contributed a monologue to Motherhood Out Loud, a play that premiered at Hartford Stage Company and was performed Off-Broadway and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Rice is an avid environmentalist and advocate for families affected by domestic violence. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Rice divides her time between the Connecticut shoreline and New York City.