Nebraska Authors

Andrea Warren

Born 1946 Norfolk, NE (USA)

Andrea Warren

Andrea Warren

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The author is best known for historical nonfiction for children and young adults. Her work has received numerous awards for children's non-fiction. Her 1996 Orphan Train Rider was an American Library Association Notable Book and received the 1996 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and collected some 20 awards in all. Her 1998 book Pioneer Girl: A True Story of Growing Up on the Prairie, based on the life of Grace Snyder of North Platte, was a 2017 Nebraska 150 Books award winner. The author has her own website.

Places Lived

Newman Grove, NE
Medford, OR
Lincoln, NE
Hastings, NE
Lawrence, KS
Overland Park, KS
Houston, TX
London, England
Prairie Village, KS

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction
  • Fiction


History; Biography; Young Readers, Young Adult Readers, Children's Books


Bachelor of Science Degree, 1968, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree in English, 1971, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Science Degree in Journalism, 1983, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS


High School Teacher
Magazine Editor
Freelance Writer

Places Worked

Bellevue, NE Public Schools
Hastings, NE High School
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Imperial College, London, ENGLAND
Editor--Golf Course Superintendants of America national magazine


2017 Nebraska 150 Books honor for her 1998 Pioneer Girl. This title was also chosen for One Book, One Cozad (Cozad, NE), Midland Authors Best Childrens Book, National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and a Golden Sower Award finalist, among other awards.

Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, American Library Association Notable Book, School Library Journal Best Book, Top 200 Children's Books for the Millenium, and many other awards for Orphan Train Rider (1996).

Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps. was a 2002 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.


Coming on Strong. 1986.
Searching for Love. 1987.
Recovering From Breast Cancer. 1991.
Everybody's Doing It: How to Survive Your Teenager's Sex Life and Help Them Survive Too. 1993. (with Jay Wiedenkeller)
Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story. 1996.
Pioneer Girl: A True Story of Growing Up on the Prairie. 1998.
We Rode the Orphan Trains. 2001.
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps. 2001.
Escape From Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy. 2004.
Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg. 2009.
Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London. 2011.
The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas . 2015.
Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II. 2019.

The author has written author guides for three of her books, Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story, We Rode the Orphan Trains and for Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps, showing how they align with the Common Core State Standards.

Contributor of more than a hundred articles to magazines and newspapers, including: Ladies Home Journal, American Health, Reader's Digest, American Education and Good Housekeeping.

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