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Raising the stakes

Adrienne Kress brings dramatic flair and humour to her newest book for middle-graders


ADRIENNE KRESS doesn’t talk so much as perform. When speaking, she uses her whole body, punctuating sentences with her hands. Occasionally, when she is being humble, she falls into something resembling a Katharine Hepburn impression. She laughs generously, and is mannered in the way of people who have studied drama their whole lives.

Encouraged by her parents, both English teachers, Kress began attending art school with a focus on drama when she was only 11. Her website lists the myriad careers she is currently pursuing: actor, playwright, director, teacher. She never seriously considered writing a novel until prompted by a theatre professor. But click on the “author” section of her website and you will find 11 titles, including essays in anthologies like the highly praised The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. Author is undoubtedly her most prolific role to date.

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