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Helen Hemphill

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Bridgeport, Texas



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Hailed as “a strong new voice in children’s literature” by Kirkus Reviews, Helen Hemphill grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas.

Her first novel Long Gone Daddy (Front Street 2006) won the 2007 Teddy Award for young adult fiction from the Writers’ League of Texas and was named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age. In 2007, her novel Runaround (Front Street 2007) was named a Top Ten Youth Romance by Booklist. Her new book for middle school readers, The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones (Front Street 2008), won the Virginia M. Law Award from the Daughters of The Republic of Texas Library for most distinguished book on Texas history for young adult reader

December 21 is almost here! That's the deadline for the March 11-17, 2012 Whole Novel Workshop featuring faculty Kathi Appelt, Jeanette Ingold, Alan Gratz, and Martha Mahalik. Maybe it's time you asked Santa to help make 2012 your year to publish. Besides getting an amazing manuscript critique from one of the award winning faculty, you [...]
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The Adventurous Deeds of De...
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 74 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2007 — 4 editions
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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