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Lila Perl has published more than 60 books with mainstream publishers. In June 2011, she published her first Ebook, a romance novel about the magic of a first love...WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER. Her print books for children, young adults and adults reveal the wide range of her interests, from Egyptian mummies to ancestor-hunting, from colonial America to the Holocaust, from teenage novels to world ter

Background Information

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, a shy child who hid behind books when her parents thought she should have been engaging in socializing, sports, and other more extroverted activities.   I was fascinated with reading, for both the stories and characters that took such vivid form and shape in my mind, and the gathering of information from far and wide.   It was the old black-and-white magic of the printed page that had me in thrall from the start!

I never thought, however, of pursuing a writing career.  The "greats" were writers who seemed to have been born and grown up mainly in England, AND were for the most part deceased.   Writing for me began in the early years of motherhood, when my children went off to school and there was time for scribbling in their absence.

Inspiration came from everywhere, it seemed.   I wrote several successful cookbooks.  Then books about foreign cultures and their foods, followed by studies of 11 different African nations, Latin America, and the new China.  Meantime, novels for the middle grades and young teens sprang forth, inspired by my own growing children.

Meeting Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal made writing her story a must.  She has talked about FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES all over the U.S. and in what was once Nazi Germany, preaching tolerence, compassion, and courage.   Other topics of world importance are dealt with in my Marshall Cavendish Corporation books about TERRORISM, GENOCIDE, THEOCRACY, THE RIGHT TO DIE, CLONING, and the forthcoming TORTURE.    GREAT ESCAPES: THE HOLOCAUST is the true story, little told, of two Slovakian Jews who managed a miraculous escape from Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in Poland (which I have twice visited) in April 1944, and has been a stinging, never-to-be-forgotten experience. 

Birth Place
New York, NY USA

"Best of Brooklyn College," 2001 (Lila Perl's Alma Mater);"Best Books for the Teenage," New York Public Library; Boston-Globe Hornbook Award: JUNK FOOD,FAST FOOD,HEALTH FOOD; Sidney Taylor Award: FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES; BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB selection: IT HAPPENED IN AMERICA

Additional Information

Forthcoming books from Marshall Cavendish Corp.,Tarrytown, NY: Fall 2011: TORTURE GREAT ESCAPES: THE HOLOCAUST

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Lila Perl writes the story of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal who was born in Nazi Germany, was imprisoned with her family at the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, was liberated by Russian troops, and eventually immigrated to the United States.

Offers bio of Lila Perl and information about WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER, with purchase information.

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