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Woodruff was born in Raritan, New Jersey. After graduating from high school, she went to Adelphi University and majored in English literature, transferred to Boston University in her second year, and then dropped out. She then began a "job as a janitor in an office building". Her first book was published by Holiday House in 1989—Awfully Short for the Fourth Grade, about a boy who magically shrinks— although Scholastic had previously purchased Mrs. McClosky's Monkeys (Scholastic, 1991). Holiday House also published her second book, Tubtime (1990), about "a bath taken by three young sisters in which the soap bubbles become magically inhabited by animals". Next she wrote about a historical subject, with George Washington's Socks (Scholastic, 1991), which tells the story of a group of children who are magically "transported back in time to the American Revolution".
Woodruff has written several historical novels that feature the United States but The Ravenmaster's Secret: Escape from the Tower of London (Scholastic, 2003) is set in 1735. The Tower of London raven master's son meets Scottish rebels imprisoned during the Jacobite risings.
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