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Dr. Carol Antoinette Peacock grew up in Maryland, in a suburb outside of Washington D.C. She is the oldest of three children in a family who loved books. When she was young, her parents, Andrew and Gloria Peacock, read devotedly to her, her younger brother, Richard, and her younger sister, Nancy. Carol Peacock has wanted to be a writer since she was eleven. She is now a practicing psychologist and author of six books. Dr. Peacock earned a BA at Cornell University, a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Psychology at Boston College.
Her first book, Hand Me Down Dreams (Schocken, 1981), was praised in the New York Times Book Review and was optioned for CBS film rights. The book is an account of her work with four troubled adolescent girls who are able to break family patterns and create new lives for themselves.
Carol Peacock's Sugar Was My Best Food: Diabetes and Me (Whitman, 1998), the story of how a boy copes with diabetes, was featured on "Good Morning America," National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," People Magazine, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. It earned a Parent's Choice Approved Commendation and was listed in Bank Street College's "Best of Children's Books 1999," and the American Association of the Advancement of Science's "Best Science Books for Children."
Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story (Whitman, 2000) was named a 2001 Notable Social Trade Book for Young People. Mommy Far is the story of how the author's adopted daughter confronts having two mothers.
Pilgrim Cat (Whitman 2004) is an historical fiction picture book about a cat that sailed on the Mayflower and then settles into life at Plimoth Plantation. The story was featured on The Discovery Channel's "Animal Planet" series in February 2011. The author's nonfiction book, Death and Dying (Scholastic Library Press, 2004), part of a mental health series for readers aged 10-13, offers coping strategies for grief and loss.
In addition to her books, Carol Peacock has written articles about her use of pets in psychotherapy. Her work has been cited in The New York Times (8/23/86), Time Magazine (3/30/87) and The Boston Globe (12/16/88, 1/17/2002).
Carol Peacock currently practices at Mt. Auburn Counseling Associates, where she specializes in treating children and families, along with her black Lab, Pepper, as her co-therapist. Her latest book, Red Thread Sisters, a middle grade novel, is the story of two friends, one who is adopted from a Chinese orphanage and promises to find her friend a family too, is forthcoming from Viking Penguin in fall 2012.
The author lives outside of Boston with her husband, a history teacher with the Boston Public Schools. Her family includes her stepson, her oldest daughter, Elizabeth, 19, and her youngest daughter, Katherine, 18. Her family also includes Pepper, four cats and two turtles.
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