Biography

Elizabeth’s great-grandmother, Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (top row, far left) at the 1920 Republican Convention at which she gave this speech.

ELIZABETH WINTHROP ALSOP is the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages.

The daughter of the journalist, Stewart Alsop  and a great grand-niece of Theodore Roosevelt, Elizabeth was born with a silver spoon in her mouth which has always been combined with a healthy dose of skepticism about life in America’s WASP society. She has recently finished a memoir entitled Daughter of Spies: Wartime Secrets, Family Lies about her parents’ love affair in England during the war and the complications of their marriage in the politically charged atmosphere of 1950s Washington. Her previous short memoir, Don’t Knock Unless You’re Bleeding: Growing up in Cold War Washington, is available as a Kindle single.

Elizabeth is the author of two novels for adults, In My Mother’s House and Island Justice, both recently released as e-books. Her short story, The Golden Darters, a selection of the BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES has been widely anthologized and was read by renowned actress Ann Dowd for Selected Shorts.

Her most recent historical novel, Counting on Grace, was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the American Library Association, the National Council of Social Studies, the International Reading Association and the Children’s Book Council among others. The novel has also been nominated for state book awards in Vermont, Virginia, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Hawaii and Arizona. The audio version is available on Audible.

The Castle in the Attic and its sequel, The Battle for the Castle, were nominated for twenty-three state book awards and have recently been released in 35th Anniversary hardcover editions.

Some of her most popular picture books include Dumpy La Rue, Shoes, Squashed in the Middle, The First Christmas Stocking, and Maia and the Monster Baby.

Two of her books for older children are The Red Hot Rattoons, a comic fantasy novel and Dear Mr. President: Letters from a Milltown Girl, a work of historical fiction set in western Massachusetts.