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Stacy Nockowitz is an author, middle school librarian, and former language arts teacher with 30+ years of experience in middle school education.


The Prince of Steel Pier, Stacy's first novel, won the 2022 National Jewish Book Award for Middle Grade Literature and was named as a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book of 2023. Tablet Magazine named The Prince of Steel Pier as one of the best Jewish children's books of 2022, and the book was a PJ Our Way selection in October of 2022. 


Stacy received her Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University and holds Master's Degrees from Columbia University Teachers College (M.A. in Education) and Kent State University (Master's in Library and Information Sciences). She is also a student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults.


An unrepentant Jersey Girl, Stacy still teases her hair and uses plenty of spray.


When she’s not writing or matching great kids with great books, Stacy can most likely be found reading, making art, or rooting on her beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Her kids have flown the coop, so Stacy lives with her husband and their needy cat, Queen Esther, in central Ohio.

Read some of Stacy's guest posts and interviews:

Literary Rambles: How to Write Historical Fiction


Unleashing Readers: In Praise of the Stand-Alone Book

Teen Librarian Toolbox: Four Books in Forty Years

KidLit 411: Author Spotlight

Jean Book Nerd: Author Q&A

YA Book Central: Author Chat

Authors Answer: Interview

E Train Talks: Interview

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