Ellen Raskin

Ellen  Raskin

Ellen Raskin was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the Great Depression and grew up there. She wrote several books, including The Westing Game, which won the Newbery Medal, Figgs & Phantoms, The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues, and The Strange Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel), which won the Newbery Honor. She also worked as a graphic artist and authored and drew a number of picture books. She produced dust jackets for dozens of books, including Madeleine L'Engle's famous A Wrinkle in Time in its initial edition. Raskin died on August 8, 1984, in New York City, at the age of 56.