GiGi Amateau

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About Gigi

Gigi Amateau's first book for young adults, Claiming Georgia Tate, was published by Candlewick Press in 2005. That title was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and hailed by author Judy Blume: "It's rare and exciting to discover a talented new writer like Gigi Amateau." The Wall Street Journal called the book "an ambitious push into the young adult market."

Gigi is also the author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year; Chancey of the Maury River, A William Allen White Masters list title for grades 3-5; Come August, Come Freedom, her first work of historical fiction, which was selected by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a Fall 2012 Okra Pick, chosen by Bank Street College as a Best Children’s Book of the Year, and by the Virginia Library Association as a Jefferson Cup Honor book; and most recently, her fifth novel, Macadoo of the Maury River, which was released by Candlewick Press in August 2013. In 2012, Gigi received a Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts from Richmond Magazine.

Born in northeastern Mississippi, Gigi was raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in urban studies and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and has worked in the health and human services sector for twenty-five years. Gigi lives with her husband and daughter in the city of Richmond. She loves reading about the Early Republic era in American history, riding horses in the mountains, gardening with native plants, birding, and watching VCU basketball (#letsgovcu).

A few favorite photos

Gigi in snowThat’s me around 15 months old playing in my first snow in Oxford, Mississippi.

Gigi with grandpaBack from fishing with Granddaddy. See that really big catfish? I caught that one. Okay, maybe I caught that fish; maybe Granddaddy caught it.

Gigi riding AlbertOh, how we miss Albert, the best horse ever. He was the inspiration for Chancey.

Gigi and her GrammyThis is my beautiful grammy on my wedding day! She and my mom walked me down the aisle to "Go Tell Aunt Rhody," played by my then nine-year-old daughter on her violin.


Biscuit sleepingHere's my personal assistant, Biscuit, sleeping on the job.


AngelMeet Angel, Sent from Above. A kind and brave pony who totally lives up to her name!


To contact Gigi send an e-mail to: info@gigiamateau.com

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