Shifty, a YA novel by Lynn E. Hazen

About the Author

Lynn E. Hazen writes children's and young adult books filled with humor, heart and hope. Kirkus Reviews praised SHIFTY as "a realistic story that resonates. Smart writing and an engaging narrative keep the story fresh, while an interesting plot will keep readers turning the pages. Read more SHIFTY reviews here.

Lynn's books for younger readers include: two young chapter books,Cinder Rabbit and The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail (Henry Holt 2008 & 2009), Mermaid Mary Margaret (middle grade novel, Bloomsbury 2004) which was hailed "a winner" by Kirkus Reviews; and a picture book, Buzz Bumble to the Rescue (Bloomsbury 2005).
(photo credit: Sonya Sones)

Lynn earned an M.F.A. in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College where she won the Houghton Mifflin Scholarship. She holds an M.A. in Education from San Francsico State University and a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from U.C. Davis.

Lynn E. Hazen enjoys giving presentations at schools, libraries, conferences, and literary events. She teaches classes in Writing for Children & Young Adults at UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford Continuing Studies.

Lynn lives with her family in Northern California where she enjoys gardening, hiking, collecting beach glass, and splashing around in the water. Inspiration often comes from her now-grown sons, as well as the exuberant children she encounters as a preschool director.

Author Visits

Lynn likes to meet students, teachers, parents, and librarians. She enjoys giving presentations & writing workshops to youth and educators at schools, libraries, conferences, bookstores and literary events. For more info about Author Visits, click here, or contact Lynn at

Read about Lynn's inspiration for SHIFTY and her writing process.

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Lynn is available for Middle School & High School Author Visits and Writing Workshops.
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For Elementary School Author Visits please visit

Lynn blogs at The Imaginary Blog.

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Lynn is also on Facebook, Good Reads & Red Room.

You can get a signed copy of SHIFTY (and Lynn's other books) at Cover to Cover Booksellers in San Francisco. (415) 282-8080

Click here to buy SHIFTY on Amazon.

Interviews (and more) with Lynn:
Cynthia Leitich Smith's 2009 Interview of Lynn
An Interview of Lynn at ForeWord Magazine
An Interview of Lynn at The Tollbooth
A 2006 Interview of Lynn by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Q & A with Lynn (including pics of a very young Lynn & some elementary school report cards!)
Lynn Creates Some Fun Short Videos

You can find more about Lynn and her books for younger readers at:

If you'd like to be notified of Lynn's Upcoming Books, Events, Booksignings, and Writing for Children & Young Adults Classes and Workshops, please send an email to: (notification list is for readers 13 years and up)