NEW YORK (AP) - Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales made her a favorite for at least one generation of readers, has died.

NEW YORK (AP) Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales made her a favorite for at least one generation of readers, has died.

Conford died at home in Great Neck, New York, last Friday, on her 73rd birthday, her husband told The Associated Press. David Conford said Monday that his wife had been in poor health and died of heart failure.

Conford's more than 40 books included the "Jenny Archer" and "Annabel the Actress" series and the novel "This is Laura." Her husband said that a personal favorite was "The Alfred G. Graebner Memorial High School Handbook of Rules and Regulations," inspired by the rule book that their son, Michael, received while in high school.

"This is Laura" and "Alfred G. Graebner" were among her books adapted for television specials.