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Jacqui Robbins

 

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"'Of course I do,'" said Robbins, who had an idea but nothing in hand. Hours later, as she headed to a meeting on a Chicago train, she wrote the draft that got her into the workshop. There, she revised the manuscript that evolved into The New Girl ... and Me. It was published by Simon & Schuster in 2006, then reprinted in paperback by General Mills, which put copies in a million boxes of Cheerios in the United States, then translated it into Spanish and circulated it in cereal boxes in Mexico. Next, Robbins published Two of a Kind, about a girl who must choose between her best friend and bullies in the "in crowd." "All my books are like real life on the playground," she says.

Robbins, now forty-one, continues to write; she recently published a poem in the anthology Dare to Dream ... Change the World. She also teaches at Allen Creek Preschool and directs plays for the Penny Seats Theatre Company and for 826michigan, where she is president of the board. The common thread, she says, is her desire to let people know "you're not the only person who feels what you're feeling."

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