Winner of the 1995 Newbery Medal, Sharon Creech once had this advice for future Newbery winners: "Take a deep breath. You will have about 30 minutes between the call announcing your book is the winner and the onslaught of complete chaos. You won't know what hit you, but get ready: You're going on the ride of your life."
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Pennington, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
July 29, 1945
Place of Birth:
B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978
Newbery Award for Walk Two Moons, 1995; Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, 2001; Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, 2002, Christopher Award, 2002, Mitten Award, 2002, Disney Adventures Award, 2002, for Love That Dog
|Creech's Latest |
Twelve-year-old Leo carries an indelible, slightly odious nickname: Sardine. In his day-to-day, he often feels squished within a tin. In his fantasies, though, Leo is no sardine. He soars with dreams, replays memories, and speculates about who he could become. Rehearsing for the school play serves as both catharsis and meditation for this shy, introspective boy. This charming, ultimately cheering book by the author of Walk Two Moons and The Wanderer is a good pick for reflective young readers.
|"Odd things can spark a story," Creech admits in her interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "A fortune cookie message -- 'Don't judge a man until you¹ve walked two moons in his moccasins'
-- inspired Walk Two Moons; one line in a letter from my aunt -- 'That was when we lived in the holler' -- inspired Ruby Holler; and a poem by Walter Dean Myers -- 'Love That Boy' -- inspired Love That Dog." |
|Creech's Book Club Picks||Creech's Reading Recommendations|
In our interview, we asked Creech the question, "If you had a book club, what would it be reading?" She comments, "We'd be reading a new novel, perhaps [Sandra] Cisneros’ Caramelo or Lee Smith’s The Last Girls, to savor some current writing, or perhaps a favorite children’s novel such as Shiloh or The House on Mango Street or True Believer."
|The Great Gatsby|
F. Scott Fitzgerald
We asked Creech to tell us about her favorite books. She selected F. Scott Fitzerald's classic, declaring it "perfect to read at any time of the year. It's short and engaging and will stay with you forever." Read on to learn more about Creech's reading recommendations, including: