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Pat Mora
     

Pat Mora

by Hal Marcovitz
 
As a young girl growing up in El Paso, Texas, Pat Mora felt as though she belonged to two worlds - the American culture of Texas and the Latino culture of Mexico. When her parents gave her a typewriter as an eighth-grade graduation gift, Mora started expressing her feelings through poetry. She went on to tell stories about the desert and her experience of

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As a young girl growing up in El Paso, Texas, Pat Mora felt as though she belonged to two worlds - the American culture of Texas and the Latino culture of Mexico. When her parents gave her a typewriter as an eighth-grade graduation gift, Mora started expressing her feelings through poetry. She went on to tell stories about the desert and her experience of biculturalism. Mora has also turned her talents toward writing books for young readers, in which she teaches valuable lessons about being different, the importance of reading, familial love, and the power of young girls and boys to excel and be leaders. Pat Mora offers valuable insight into the life and writing of an exceptional author who has become an important voice for multiculturalism.

About the Author:
Hal Marcovitz is a journalist who lives in Pennsylvania. He is the author of the novel Painting the White House as well as more than 60 nonfiction books for young readers

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The "Who Wrote That?" series primarily spotlights contemporary writers for young readers. Since the poet/writer Pat Mora (1942-) bases her work on her Mexican background, emphasis is given to her immediate and extended family, especially her favorite aunt, Lobo, who was the star of Mora's first book for children, A Birthday Present for Tia. Marcovitz also describes Mora's other best known books, relates the author's thoughts on poetry, and emphasizes her one-woman literacy campaign. In addition to its brief biography, the book contains extended back matter, including: a chronology of Mora's life, chapter notes, a complete bibliography, an annotated short list of the author's "popular" books, a description of her most popular characters, a list of major literary awards, a bibliography, suggestions for further reading and an index. This is a workmanlike effort that fulfills its purpose as a research tool for all those middle grade students required to write all those author reports. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791095287
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Who Wrote That? Series
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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