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Vicki Grove was born on December 24, 1948 in Highland, Illinois. Her parents, James and Gretchen Baum, lived in a converted one-room schoolhouse surrounded by acres of corn, clover, and soybeans. Down the road lived her grandparents and great-grandparents in century-old homes that gave Grove an appreciation of her family's...

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Vicki Grove was born on December 24, 1948 in Highland, Illinois. Her parents, James and Gretchen Baum, lived in a converted one-room schoolhouse surrounded by acres of corn, clover, and soybeans. Down the road lived her grandparents and great-grandparents in century-old homes that gave Grove an appreciation of her family's history. When she was in junior high, her family moved away from the farm to Oklahoma, and she graduated from high school in Miami. She earned her B.A. (1972) and M.A. (1973) degrees in English from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.

Grove has been an English teacher, a grants researcher, a preschool owner, and an educational assistant at a church. Since 1983 she has devoted her time to writing, first fiction and nonfiction for national magazines and then novels for young adults.

In 1987 she won the Putnam Fiction Prize and a contract for Goodbye, My Wishing Star. Since then she has written six more novels for Putnam. Her literary work routinely appears on the Mark Twain List and is selected for the Junior Literary Guild. Reaching Dustin was named to the 1998 lists of the New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing and of School Library Journal's Best Books. Grove is a sought-after guest author at children's literature festivals, has taught writing on the college level, and speaks at writers' conferences.

She lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse a mile outside the tiny town of Ionia, Missouri (population 117), with her husband, Mike, who teaches music. Their daughter, J. D., and son, Michael, are college students.

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