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Franny Billingsley

Award-winning author of novels and picture books for children, including the National Book Award Finalist CHIME

“Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love.”

—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black


The Robber Girl released September 14, 2021

In The Press


“Once in a blue moon someone writes a splendidly original fantasy, one that haunts us like an indelible dream.”

"Billingsley takes the time to develop a layered narrative adorned with linguistic filigree—she is one of the great prose stylists of the field, moving from one sparklingly unexpected image to the next and salting her story with quicksilver dialogue."

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Committee

Kirkus Reviews,

Starred Review

Billingsley creates a consistently complex fantasy world that steps just beyond the familiar into wonder... Breathtakingly imaginative, with an earthy magic that grounds it in passion, this is sophisticated fantasy from a powerful pen. 

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


Franny Billingsley’s books owe their images and rhythms to the songs her father sang – two songs every night, unless she chose a Scottish ballad with more than thirty verses. Then he’d sing only one song because he was faithful to every word and had four other kids waiting. Now Franny sings to her own two kids, and she reminds herself of the great gift her father gave her whenever she’s tempted to skip a verse. She lives in Chicago with her four dogs and works as a children’s bookseller.



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