Maureen Daly, born on March 15, 1921, is responsible for creating a separate category for the genre of young adult literature, differentiating it from juvenile and adult publications. Daly was acknowledged for her writing talents at an early age; in her sixteenth year, her writing was given a place in the O. Henry Best Short Stories Collection, and Scholastic Magazine awarded her first place in their short story competition for her story entitled, Sixteen. In 1942, the publication of her first novel, Seventeenth Summer, brought her even wider recognition, and her works have been enjoyed by the young all the way up to her more contemporary novels, Acts of Love and Promises to Keep. Originally a native of Castlecaufild, Ulster, Ireland, Maureen Daly is currently a resident of California.
Works by Maureen Daly include:
- Seventeenth Summer
- Acts of Love
- Promises to Keep
- Small War of Seargeant Donkey
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