e-mail: ajcheng@fuse.net


Andrea Cheng is the author of several books for children and young adults. Her first novel, Marika, was selected by the city of Cincinnati for "On the Same page," a citywide reading program. Honeysuckle House, Anna the Bookbinder, and Shanghai Messenger received Parent's Choice Awards. Grandfather Counts was recently featured on Reading Rainbow. Her books draw on her background as the child of Hungarian immigrants as well as the background of her husband, the son of immigrants from China.

Ms. Cheng studied Chinese at Cornell University where she received a Masters degree in linguistics. She and her family have traveled to both Budapest and Shanghai to get to know their extended families. In addition to writing books for children, Ms. Cheng teaches English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She lives with her husband and their three children in Cincinnati, Ohio.



Picture Books

GRANDFATHER COUNTS                                  Lee and Low                              2000

°          Reading Rainbow Recommended Title 2004, Reading Rainbow

°          2001 Honor Book, 2001 Society of School Librarians International Best Book Awards

°          50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know 2001, Cooperative Children's Books Center (CCBC)

°          "2000 Choices" Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

°          NEA Asian American Booklist, 2003

Second Hardback Printing 2003

Third Hardback Printing 2004

Paperback Edition 2003


WHEN THE BEES FLY HOME                            Tilbury House                            2002


ANNA THE BOOKBINDER                                  Walker and Company                 2003

°          Parents' Choice Award 2003

°          Junior Library Guild Selection, 2003

°          Kansas National Education Association Recommended Title, 2003

°          Book of the Year 2003, Cleveland Public Library


GOLDFISH AND CHRYSANTHEMUMS                        Lee and Low                              2003

°          NEA Asian American Booklist, 2003


THE LEMON SISTERS                                        Penguin Putnam                        2006

   MINI WADDIE WHEEZIE UP                  Penguin Putnam              2009

   TIRE MOUNTAIN                                                 Front Street/Boyds Mills             2007




   MARIKA                                                                        Front Street                               2002

°          2002 Best Recent Historical Fiction: A Selective List by Michael Cart

°          Notable Books of Jewish Content: The Best of the Bunch from 2002--Association of Jewish Librarians

°          2003 Books for the Teen Age-New York Public Library

°          2003 Ohioana Book Award Finalist in the Juvenile Category-Ohioana LibraryAssociation

°          2003 selection for Cincinnati's citywide reading program-- "On the Same page."

°          2003 Starred review- Publisher's Weekly

Second Printing, 2003

Third Printing, 2004

Paperback edition, Scholastic, 2004

Hungarian edition, 2003


THE KEY COLLECTION                                     Henry Holt                                 2003

°          New York Times :"Bookshelf" Review 2003

°          Accelerated Reader Selection 2003-Renaissance Learning Program

Second Printing, 2004




HONEYSUCKLE HOUSE                                                Front Street                               2004

°          Parents' Choice Recommended Title 2004--Parents' Choice Foundation

°          Starred Review 2004-School Library Journal

°          Recommended Title 2004-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Second Printing, 2004



THE LACE DOWRY                                              Front Street                               2005

°          2005 Honor Book in Social Studies--Society of School Librarians International


ECLIPSE                                                               Front Street                               2006

BEARMAKERS                                                     Front Street                               2007


Free Verse

SHANGHAI MESSENGER                                   Lee and Low                              2005

Illustrated by Ed Young

°          2005 Starred review--Publisher's Weekly

°          2005 Starred review--Kirkus

°          2005 Original Art Show--Society of Illustrators

°          2005 Junior Library Guild Selection

°          2005 New York Public Library's list of 100 best children's books

°          2005 Parents' Choice Recommended Title

°          2005 Lasting Connections Title--Booklinks

°          2006 Bank Street College Children's Books of the Year

°          2006 Asian/Pacific American Honor Award--APALA



     WHERE THE STEPS WERE                               Front Street                               2008

Illustrated by Andrea Cheng


Magazine Stories

"MOSAIC MAKER"                                             Spider Magazine                        2003

"THE GLOVE FAMILY"                                      Spider Magazine                        2007



Magazine Articles                         

"A Memorable Conversation"                                           Journal of Children's Literature  2006

"Where Stories Come From"                                           Balanced Reading Instruction    2007