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Katherine Paterson is the author of 16 novels for children and young people and a number of picture books, retellings and I-Can-Read books. She has twice won the Newbery Medal for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and the 2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. In 2000 she was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

She is a vice-president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org) which published Our White House:Looking In, Looking Out (www.ourwhitehouse.org) and is a member of  the board of trustees for Vermont College of Fine Arts (www.vermontcollege.edu). She also serves on the Foundation Board for International Board of Books for Young People  (www.IBBY.org) and is a member of the US section USBBY (www.USBBY.org).

She and her husband live in Vermont. They have four grown children, seven grandchildren and a wonderful Golden Retriever named Annie. Her latest novel is entitled The Day of the Pelican.
Flip-Flop Girl, published in 1994, was an ALA Notable Book, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Parent's Choice Story Book Award winner in 1994 and was named a Notable Book of 1994 by The New York Times. Her novel, Jip, His Story, is the recipient of the 1997 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, an ALA Notable Book and a Best Book for Young Adults.Preacher's Boy, published in 1999, received the Jefferson Cup from the Virginia Library Association. A collection of essays, the Invisible Child, was published in 2001 and a novel, The Same Stuff as Stars, in 2002.

Ms. Paterson was born in Quinn Jingo, China. She is a graduate of King College, Bristol, Tennessee and holds masters degrees from both the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia and Union Theological Seminary, New York City. She lived and worked for four years in Japan. The Pater sons live in Barre where Dr. Paterson recently retired as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. They are the parents of four grown children. They have two granddaughters, a grandson, and are expecting another grandchild in the fall.
For more about Katherine Paterson, including a full list of her books, please pay a visit to www.terabithia.com.

For even more about this author, see:
Katherine Paterson by Alice Cary (The Learning Works Meet the Author Series) and
Katherine Paterson by Gary D. Schmidt (Taiyuan United States Author Series)

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