The Invisible Child

The Invisible Child

by Katherine Paterson


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With the same generosity, wit, and insight that characterize her novels, Katherine Paterson, the two-time winner of both the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal, reveals who it is she writes about and for -- the invisible child, or the secret self that is opened up through fiction.

In more than twenty remarkable essays and speeches collected here, Ms. Paterson shares her passion for reading, her ideas about writing for children, her spiritual faith, and her conviction that the imagination must be nourished. Featuring seven speeches never before published in book form, the complete acceptance speeches for her two National Book Awards and two Newbery Medals, and a new introduction, this extraordinary volume also includes essays originally published in Gates of Excellence and The Spying Heart that Ms. Paterson has selected for reissue. Katherine Paterson's words are sure to touch all those who care about literature and the lives of children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525464822
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/01/1901
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Katherine Patersonis the renowned author of many classic children’s books, including Bridge to Terabithia; The Great Gilly Hopkins; Lyddie; Jacob Have I Loved; Come Sing, Jimmy Jo; and The Master Puppeteer, among many others. Her work has won two Newbery Medals and a Newbery Honor, two National Book Awards, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She also served a term as the National Ambassador for Children’s Literature. Katherine lives in Vermont.

Table of Contents

In Search of Wonder3
The Child in the Attic25
The Invisible Child41
Missing Persons62
Confusion at the Crossroads69
Still Summoned by Books88
The Yearling and I108
Metaphors to Live By117
Hope and Happy Endings134
The Story of My Lives150
People I Have Known162
Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?168
Sounds in the Heart195
Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech (1981) for Jacob Have I Loved207
Creativity Limited: Novels for Young People Today219
National Book Award Acceptance Speech (1979) for The Great Gilly Hopkins240
Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech (1978) for Bridge to Terabithia243
National Book Award Acceptance Speech (1977) for The Master Puppeteer251
Laying the First Plank253
Reading and Writing257
Excerpts from A Sense of Wonder and Gates of Excellence261
Source Notes263

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