Loree writes true stories for curious people of all ages and she believes deeply in the twin joys of following one’s passion and finding one’s voice. Her books for children have won many accolades, including American Library Association Notable designations, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Award, an IRA Children’s Book Award, a Green Earth Book Award, and two Science Books & Films (SB&F) Prizes. Her essays for adults have been published in magazines like Yankee and honored in journals like Flyway.
Before any of these exciting things happened, however, she was into horses. Really into horses. Since she grew up in an apartment just outside of Boston, and since there was barely enough room there for her two hamsters (Laverne and Shirley) and two gerbils (Lenny and Squiggy), her horsey experiences were limited entirely to books like The Black Stallion and Misty of Chincoteague. What she learned in these books fueled her original career plans: to become either a jockey or a veterinarian. But then she took a mind-blowing biology class at Everett High School (thank you, Mr. Micarelli!) … and changed her plans completely.
Loree studied biology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts, and creative writing at Bay Path University. She writes in central New England, where she and her husband, Gerry, raised three children, and where they now garden, tend chickens, and keep bees. She moonlights regularly in elementary, middle/high school, undergraduate, and graduate classrooms, sharing stories of science and the craft of writing. She likes to think that one day she’ll fill the big, old barn in her yard with horses.
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