Nan Willard Cappo ( Phfleck Photo)

about the author

Nan Willard Cappo grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fifth of six children. She earned her BA in English from Notre Dame, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

While working for IBM, she moved to Michigan with her husband and, in between raising three children, wrote fiction. First picture books--they only LOOK easy--then easy readers, and finally, young adult fiction.

Her first novel, Cheating Lessons(Simon & Schuster/​Atheneum), had autobiographical touches. The main character Bernadette is a 16-year-old debater who reads too much (is that possible?). It features a high school competition in which somebody cheats, forcing Bernadette to do the right thing--if only she can figure out what that is. The book received a starred review in Horn Book, a Junior Library Guild selection, and was nominated for an Edgar award as Best Young Adult Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America.

In 2011 Nan moved back to Pittsburgh and published her third YA (novel number two is waiting for the right moment to appear). Unaccounted For is also a mystery, with a male protagonist, and the target audience is older teens and adults. Recently it was named an IndieReader Discovery Award Finalist. As soon as it receives more awards--any day now-- this page will be updated. Meanwhile, Nan encourages readers to check out the Amazon customer reviews. She's writing a sequel to this book featuring some of the same characters, but set in Pittsburgh.

Novels for Teens and Adults

Suspense fiction, for mature teens and adults
"Plenty of action, romance and intrigue...make Cappo's page-turner a hit..." --Kirkus Reviews
Fiction, ages 13-up
"Suspense! I'd recommend this book to all teens." --VOYA

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