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Original Essays | February 4, 2014 1 comment
I was hiking a five-day loop — alone — in the Rocky Mountains when I rounded the switchback and saw a large body on the trail ahead. It... Continue »
Susan PatronDescribe your latest project.
In Lucky Breaks, Lucky is just turning 11. She's ready to be transformed and poised to grow up, but feeling her way. In the process, she risks her life, puts her new pal in jeopardy, and betrays her oldest friend. And in trying hard to figure out the mystery of the universe, Lucky discovers that the answer is both in the stars and close at hand.
At age eight, my job was to give my four-year-old sister her bath each night. To pass the time as we waited for her toes and fingers to get wrinkled (meaning she was clean enough for the bath to be over), I told her stories. They were made-up stories that had rubbed off people's skin onto the clothes stuffed into the bathroom's built-in laundry hamper; at least that's what I claimed at the time. (Many years later, when my sister shared her memory of these storytelling baths with the editor of my three picture books, he turned to me and said, "It's a novel. Go write it." I did, and a year or so later Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe was published. It has just been released in paperback by Atheneum.)
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
I also love this:
For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner...on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies....That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.
You know, since nobody reads these pages, we figured they'd be a good place to insert subliminimal messages: Think for yourself. Question Authority. Read banned books! Kids have the same constitutional rights as grown-ups!!! Don't forget to boycott standardized testing!!!"
What is your favorite breakfast
What was your favorite story as a child?
What do you do for relaxation?
What is your idea of bliss?
Tell us about your pets.
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Susan Patron specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel The Higher Power of Lucky was awarded the John Newbery Medal. As the library's Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager, she trained and mentored children's librarians in 72 branches. Patron has served on many book award committees, including the Caldecott and Laura Ingalls Wilder Committees of the American Library Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.