Katherine Paterson





Katherine Paterson

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born
in Qing Jiang, China
October 31, 1932

gender
female

website

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influences


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People are always asking me questions I don't have answers for. One is, "When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?" The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted to get married and have lots of children.

Another question I can't answer is, "When did you begin writing?" I can't remember. I know I began reading when I was four or five, because I couldn't stand not being able to. I must have tried writing soon afterward. Fortunately, very few samples of my early writing survived the eighteen moves I made before...more


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“Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.”
Katherine Paterson

“It is not enough to simply teach children to read;
we have to give them something worth reading.
Something that will stretch their imaginations-
something that will help them make sense of their own lives
and encourage them to reach out toward people
whose lives are quite different from their own.”
Katherine Paterson

“You have to believe it and you hate it. I don't have to and I think it's beautiful.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia

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