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she also studied other forms of literature. she read the classics by major authors like homer and shakespeare. she read newspaper articles, biographies, travelogues, and short stories. she collected newspapers from all over the world and one of her favorites was the wall street journal because she could read it at her own pace. her favorite book was the little prince and she reread it every year. some of her best friends are fictional characters like pecos bill from “the search for john henry” and ernest hemingway from the old man and the sea .
she went to the university of maryland at college park, majoring in english, and received a ba in 1980. her professor recommended she take a fiction writing course. she was hooked. her book, the view from the oak tree, was published in 1984 and won a newbery honor in 1985. her work has won the newbery medal for excellence in writing for children and the boston globe-horn book award for children’s books and it has also received the newbery medal in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1996. while she is a writer of words, she also loves to write stories. her stories are for grown-ups and children alike. her books have been published in a dozen languages.
when karen was in her early twenties, she decided to try to finish a novel she had started at the age of fifteen. it would not be published for twelve years. two years later, while she was still in her twenties, it would be published with a newbery honor. she went on to publish twelve more books and the rest is history. her other books include joe’s war, a newbery honor winner; piper, a newbery honor winner; martin’s birthday, newbery honor winner; witness (a newbery honor winner); out of the dust (a newbery honor winner); living in a dead town (a newbery honor winner), which she wrote after the september 11 attacks. she has also published an adult novel, life support. her books have been translated into eleven languages and have sold over thirty million copies.
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