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The author of nine books, including a Writer's Digest Selection for The ABCs of Writing for Children, Liz has now written an adult memoir, The Missing Kennedy (Bancroft Press), which will be out in 2015. A former Byline Magazine "Writing for Children" columnist, Liz wrote frequent humor pieces for the San Francisco Examiner as well as hundreds of articles and essays in newspapers and magazines such as Parents Magazine, Writer's Digest, and Parenting. With degrees in Liberal Studies and Theater Arts/Children's Theater and two teaching credentials, she's directed plays and taught elementary, middle school students, and teachers. A speaker for international and state conferences, she presents assemblies and workshops for schools and libraries. Born in rural Wisconsin, Liz moved to California for all her college and post-graduate education, and has lived most of her adult life in the San Francisco area. She's married, and has one grown child. Visit her blog for writing advice, ideas, and anecdotes http: //, contact her at, or visit her at her website,


"Such a touching book!" -- People Magazine "Aunt Rosemary inspired so many to work against injustice and ignorance. Her struggle and her immense legacy will be felt and celebrated by reading this exceptional book."-- Bobby Shriver Fascinating story! -- BBC World News Service (Claire Marshall, "Newsday") "Reveals an untold chapter in the Kennedy saga... Also shows how knowledge of Rosie's disability led to the founding of the Special Olympics by Eunice Kennedy... Interesting glimpses into one member of the Kennedy clan who was almost lost to her family." -- Kirkus Review "The Missing Kennedy is a truly inspiring story. It captures my Aunt Rosie's spirit so well. I especially love how it intertwines the stories about Rosie and the authors Aunt Stella. And it provides some great glimpses into the authors experiences with both of them." -- Anthony Shriver "Poignantly discloses our nation's shortcomings, both historically and contemporarily, when it comes to understanding the mentally ill and intellectually challenged. Also reveals the dearth of research concerning the women of the Kennedy family, which pales in comparison to the body of work focused on its men... This is especially true of Rosemary Kennedy, the eldest Kennedy sister, who was lobotomised and kept from her family and the public eye for over 20 years... It was the author's aunt, Sister Paulus, who was Rosemary Kennedy's caretaker at Saint Coletta, where Rosemary was kept for many years after her lobotomy only exacerbated her intellectual and emotional challenges Koehler-Pentacoffs book offers an intimate glance at the sheltered life that Rosemary lived while her glamorous family grew in prestige and power... Heads in the welcome direction of telling the largely untold story of Rosemary Kennedy, and the story of the intellectually challenged and their allies in the fight to place them as equal members of society." -- Irish America "Anyone in the world whos interested in the famous Kennedy family will find this fascinating memoir to be essential reading. Rosemary Kennedy was the least known member of the family but, it turns out, one of the most significant in the big scheme of things. If you dont read The Missing Kennedy, you wont know a critical and enlightening part of the Kennedy story." -- Dr Abe Bortz, American Historian

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