Rebecca E.F. Barone
You’ve probably heard of reluctant readers, but author Rebecca E.F. Barone was a reluctant writer. She grew up loving all things STEM and became an engineer where she worked on projects as diverse as hybrid engine calibration for Chrysler and injury analysis for the NFL. (Yup, the National Football League. She still regularly geeks out over the ways the human body moves and breaks.) Somewhere in the middle of these incredible projects, she developed a passion for telling stories about the way the world works.
These days, Rebecca writes narrative nonfiction – stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat all while being 100% true. Her books have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, the Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, and others. They’ve been featured “Best of” lists by the Chicago Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, School Library Journal, National Science Teacher’s Association, Booklist, and featured as an Amazon Best Book of the Year.
She loves speaking with students about her journey from being the most reluctant of writers to an author.