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Jane O'Connor is best known for her very popular children's books featuring the character Nancy. The first book in this series, Fancy Nancy (2005), introduces Nancy, a cheerful little girl who adores everything glamorous, sparkly, and just plain "fancy." Since the publication of that title, numerous picture books and books for young readers have followed in the series, including Bonjour, Butterfly (2008), Heart to Heart (2009), and Ooh La La! It's a Beauty Day (2010). Several of the Fancy Nancy books have reached number 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.
O'Connor has also written other fiction and nonfiction for children, such as Lulu and the Witch Baby (1986), Nina, Nina, Ballerina (1993), The Emperor's Silent Army: Terra Cotta Warriors of Ancient China (2000), and If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House (2004). Her Dangerous Admissions (2007) was called a "lively romantic suspense debut" by Publishers Weekly and is her first mystery title.
O'Connor was born in New York City and graduated from Smith College. In addition to writing, she has worked as an editor in the publishing industry for many years.
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