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From her childhood in China to the moment she won her first National Book Award, literary icon Katherine Paterson shares the personal stories that inspired her children’s books.
Told with her trademark humor and heart, Paterson’s life stories tell tales from her childhood growing up with missionaries, to living as a single woman in Japan, to raising four children in suburban Maryland with her minister husband. Read about the origins of some of her most beloved characters, go behind the scenes to the moments Katherine found out she won her many awards, and more. Filled with personal photos and letters, this is funny, heartwarming history from a legendary name in the field of children’s books.
* “What absolutely shines through is Paterson’s warm, self-effacing humor, and extraordinary humility. . . . Like Mark Twain, to whom she is distantly related, Paterson is a true American treasure.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Honest, flecked with good humor, and heartrending.”—The Horn Book
“A gift for Paterson fans.”—Booklist
About the Author
Katherine Paterson is a legendary children's book author whose career has garnered many awards, including two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. She is currently Vice President of the National Children's Book and Literarcy Alliance, and live in Barre, Vermont. She has four children and seven grandchildren.
* "What absolutely shines through is Paterson's warm, self-effacing humor, and the extraordinary humility of a writer who has won two National Book Awards, two Newbery Medals, and the Hans Christian Anderson Medal. Like Mark Twain, to whom she is distantly related, Paterson is a true American treasure."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Paterson's legion of fans, young and old, will welcome this peek into her life and process.'--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A beloved author shares family lore and personal history in a collection of stories wending carually from her parents' youth to her husband's recent death, with many illuminating stops--both geographical and temporal--in between."--School Library Journal
"Demonstrating warmth, ease, and, most pervasively, a sense of humor about herself, Katherine Paterson relates tales from her life, and from her parents' and grandparents', too. . . . Honest, flecked with good humor, and heartrending."--The Horn Book
"Some will find her family history intriguing, many more will enjoy the warmth, humor, and immediacy of the tales drawn from her life. A gift for Paterson fans."--Booklist
Newbery Medal (Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved)
National Book Award (The Master Puppeteer, The Great Gilly Hopkins)
U. S. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, 2010-2011
Edgar Allan Poe Special Award (The Master Puppeteer)
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction (Jip, His Story)
Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, 2013
Astrid Lindgren Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2006
Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Writing, 1998