Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl's summer camp crush made her a favorite for at least one generation of readers, died on Friday, her 73d birthday. Her husband, David Conford, said his wife died of heart failure at home in Great Neck, N.Y.

Mrs. Conford's more than 40 books - for age groups from small children to young adults - included the Jenny Archer and Annabel the Actress series and the novel This Is Laura. - AP