Sonya Sones

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Sonya Sones is an American Author, Poet, and Photographer from Boston, Massachusetts and currently resides near the beach in Southern California.

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Background Information
From: Boston, Massachusetts 
Occupation: Author 
Full Name: Sonya Sones 
Genre: Children's books, Young adult, Women's fiction 
Novels Written: 8  
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Sonya Sones is a true artist, well-written works that keep you captivated and wanting to come back for more. With Best Selling, novels about young teen life that will make even the adults want to read more of her books.


Sonya Sones has been a teacher, film editor, animator, production assistant, as well as poetry, and a writer of novels.
Some of the films she has worked on as Production Assistant are: Woody Allen Movie, still photographer and script supervisor on Ron Howard's first film. She became a film editor, and her three favorite editing jobs are John Travolta's movie Urban Cowboy, as well as, L.A. Law, and co-editing the cult classic, River's Edge ( Starring Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper).

Family Life

Sonya married Saved by the bell's head writer, Bennett Tramer, and has two children with him.
A daughter named Ava and a son named Jeremy.


Sonya started writing books, as a means to satisfy her creative urges. Though her first book, of which was a rhymed picture book called Smitty the Hollywood Kitty, was not her best work, it was not until she enrolled in a poetry class at UCLA taught by Myra Cohn Livingston, that she really started letting her creative writing juices start flowing.

About The Author (Sonya Sones)

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I was born in Boston and overprotected in the nearby suburb of Newton. I thought I would be an artist when I grew up. I loved sneaking upstairs to a tiny room in our attic, where I could while away the hours drawing pictures of dinosaurs. The summer I turned seventeen, I fell in love with making animated films ( not to mention at least a couple of boys). Soon after, I enrolled in Hampshire College and began teaching animation to children all across the country, while I earned my degree, a B.A. in filmmaking and photography. I went on to teach film at Harvard University, which was pretty astonishing, considering I was only a few years older than my students and I probably couldn't have even gotten into the school if I had applied! Then, I moved to Hollywood to work for a famous movie director as his personal assistant. But I was fired after a month because I wasn't very good ( okay, I was very bad) at bringing coffee to people. I decided to stay in Hollywood anyhow and found work as an animator, and then as a production assistant on a Woody Allen movie called Interiors. After that, I worked as a still photographer and script supervisor on Ron Howard's first film, Grand Theft Auto.

Eventually, I became a film editor, cutting TV shows like L.A. Law and movies like the cult classic, River's Edge - which had Keanu Reeves' first love scene in it! I also edited a trailer for a movie called Urban Cowboy, with John Travolta sitting right there next to me, making suggestions. Then I met my future husband, Bennett, at a taping of a show called Mork and Mindy. Soon after, we got married and I gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Ava. I wanted to be able to spend lots of time with her, so I stopped editing. I ended up starting a small hand-painted baby clothes company instead, selling my wares to Neiman Marcus and Macy's. This was perfect because I could paint the clothes while Ava took her naps.
But after a while, I got tired of trying to come up with one more adorable dino design, or another darling little bunny. I needed to find something new to satisfy my creative urges. By then I had a wonderful son, too, named Jeremy. And since I loved reading to both my children, I decided to try my hand at writing books for kids. So I enrolled in a poetry class at UCLA, taught by Myra Cohn Livingston. It was Myra who set me on the path to writing my first book, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy.

When I'm not writing, or traveling around the country speaking about writing and giving poetry writing workshops, I bake, dance, read, worry and hunt for buried treasure at flea markets and in vintage clothing stores. I live with my family, twenty-six blocks from the beach, not far from Hollywood.

Banned Books

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I'm very proud of the fact that What My Mother Doesn't Know is #31 on the American Library Association's list of The 100 Most Banned Books of The Decade. It also was one of the Top Ten Most Banned Books of 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2011! To find out why? See pg. 46.
    What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
  1. #6. - 2004

  2. Reasons: offensive language, unsuited to age group, sexually explicit
  3. #7. - 2005

  4. Reasons: sexual content, being unsuited to age group
  5. #7. - 2010

  6. Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  7. #8. - 2011

  8. Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit


Sonya Sones has written several young teen books, that are enjoyed not only by teens but also by young and older adults alike. Age does not stop one from enjoying stories that embrace the heart and soul. In addition, with the novels that Sonya has written, it is recommended that school children of all ages and grades, read these novels. Not only will they give you a better sense of who you are, but can also inspire you to do wonderful things with your life as well. ( I have personally enjoyed them all, the words jump off the page as you read from cover to cover. "Quoted by Wayne Barron").

Image Source for Image Hosting - Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy


Image Source for Image Hosting - Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy (Hardcover)


Image Source for Image Hosting - What my Mother doesn't know


Image Source for Image Hosting - What my Mother doesn't know (Hardcover)


Image Source for Image Hosting - What my girlfriend doesn't know


Image Source for Image Hosting - One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies


Image Source for To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story


Image Source for Violet and Winston (published 2009)


Image Source for The Night Before College (published 2014)


Image Source for Image Hosting - The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem