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									Mattie J. T. StepanekMattie J. T. Stepanek
Since his first appearances on Oprah, Mattie J. T. Stepanek became a national phenomenon. While battling a rare form of muscular dystrophy, Stepanek was a prolific writer from the age of three. Many of his poems and stories deal with the challenges he faced; others touch on universal themes of love, hope, and belief that go well beyond the physical challenges he endured.

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Fact File

Mattie J. T. Stepanek
Date of Birth:
July 17, 1990
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Date of Death:
June 22, 2004
Place of Death:
Washington, D.C.
Home schooling with a high-school curriculum
Melinda Lawrence International Book Award for inspirational written works from the Children's Hospice International, 1999

*  Mattie J. T. Stepanek's official web site

His Loving Legacy

Published Works

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								Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait in Poetry, Author: 
								Mattie J. T. Stepanek.

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Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait in Poetry
by Mattie J. T. Stepanek
Published posthumously by his mother at Stepanek's request, this is final collection of Heartsongs that Mattie was working on when he died. It includes the last poem he penned, along with a special collection of unpublished poetry, photographs, and artwork spanning the decade from when he began writing his first Heartsongs at age three.
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								Journey Through Heartsongs, Author: 
								Mattie Stepanek, Jimmy Carter (foreword).
*  Heartsongs (2001)
*  Journey Through Heartsongs (2002)
*  Hope Through Heartsongs (2002)
*  Celebrate Through Heartsongs (2002)
*  Heartsongs Treasury (2002)
*  Loving Through Heartsongs (2003)
*  Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait in Poetry (2005)

*  See the Mattie J. T. Stepanek chronology

Stepanek's Favorite Books

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								To Kill a Mockingbird, Author: 
								Harper Lee.

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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
When we asked which book had influenced his life the most, Stepanek responded with Harper Lee's classic story about race and courage in a 1930s Southern town: "Little children understand the horrors of violating human rights and the desperate need for peace and harmony while too many adults don't see such truths that are right in front of them." Other picks from the interview below.

*  The Giver   by Lois Lowry
*  The Old Man and the Sea   by Ernest Hemingway
*  Talking Peace: A Vision for the Next Generation, 2/E   by Jimmy Carter
*  The Westing Game   by Ellen Raskin

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A Kid at Heart

Despite Stepanek's publishing success and his status as an example of resilience in the midst of daunting trials, the inspirational writer never lost his sense of childhood. Like any kid, Stepanek loved Legos, Pokemon, drawing, studying martial arts -- and of course, summer vacation, "where the school bus never comes," he declared.

Where Mattie Got Started

Wise Words in Troubling Times

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								Heartsongs, Author: 
								Mattie Stepanek.

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by Mattie Stepanek
Heartsongs, a collection of early poems and artwork, marked an auspicious debut for the acclaimed young poet. Bolstered by Stepanek's television appearances, his book and its successors became bestsellers, and he signed a three-book contract with Hyperion.

*In audio: Mattie reads his first two collections
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								Hope Through Heartsongs, Author: 
								Mattie Stepanek, Gary Zukav (foreword).

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Hope Through Heartsongs
by Mattie Stepanek, Gary Zukav (foreword)
In his third book, Stepanek turned his attention to the events of September 11th. He told Time for Kids, "Because of what just happened to our country, I hope that people will read [my book] and get a sense of new feelings and not just cower back...not face [terrorism] angrily." Sections of poetry include "Hope for Within," "Hope for Each Other," and "Hope for the World."