Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (born November 12, 1928) is an American children's writer. She has written more than 130 books for children and teens and her books have been translated into several languages. They have won awards including Book of the Year by the Library of Congress or have become selections by the Literary Guild.
Sharmat was born in Portland, Maine, to Nathan and Anna Richardson Weinman, and raised there. She has one sister, Rosalind. Nathan Weinman was a dry goods manufacturer and dealer.
Perhaps Sharmat's most popular work features the child detective Nate the Great. He was inspired by and named after her father, who lived to see the first Nate book published. One story, Nate the Great Goes Undercover, was adapted as a made-for-TV movie that won the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival Award.[when?] Sharmat's husband Mitchell Sharmat expanded Nate's storyline by creating Olivia Sharp, his cousin and fellow detective. Husband and wife wrote four Olivia Sharp books published 1989 to 1991. During the 1990s, their son Craig Sharmat (then in his thirties) wrote three Nate books with his mother.
In the mid-1980s Sharmat wrote three books published in 1984 and 1985 under the pseudonym Wendy Andrews (below).
Sharmat also wrote the Sorority Sisters series, eight short novels published in 1986 and 1987 (not listed below). They are romantic fiction with a sense of humor. They are set in a California public high school (day school for ages 14 to 18, approximately).
^Henneman, Heidi (2002). "A kid detective who never grows old" at the Wayback Machine (archived November 5, 2009). 30th anniversary interview of Marjorie Sharmat. BookPage (bookpage.com). Archived 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2014-03-17. Published with subtitle "Interview by Heidi Henneman" and numerous quotations, not in interview format.