|Mattie 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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Mattie J. T. Stepanek
Date of Birth:
July 17, 1990
Place of Birth:
Date of Death:
June 22, 2004
|Place of Death:
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
|Stepanek's Favorite Books|
|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|
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.
|Hope Through Heartsongs|
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."