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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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I grew up loving books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lois Lenski, L.M. Montgomery, Madeline L'Engle, K.M. Peyton, Noel Streatfield, Mary Norton, and Sydney Taylor. Patricia MacLachlan and Jane Yolen helped me start writing.

As a child I always imagined how wonderful it would be to wake up to a pony in the back yard, but the way the farm I live on now sits it makes better sense for the pastures to be in the front of the house. So I look out my office windows on Gully and Sarah, Pal and Mickey, Syd and Silver, and my son's red pony Hot Wheels. We have utility cats and not enough dogs.

I have no idea what inspires my stories. They aren't inspired, they're written: it's work. If you ask me this question in public I'll give you some sort of answer, bu
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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley I know it's true, but I can't explain it! The list in my head includes Madeleine L'Engle, Ann M. Martin, Cynthia Voigt, Elizabeth George Speare,…moreI know it's true, but I can't explain it! The list in my head includes Madeleine L'Engle, Ann M. Martin, Cynthia Voigt, Elizabeth George Speare, Natalie Babbit, Jane Yolen--

I went to Smith to study chemistry. The night before I left home for my freshman year I stayed up late to finish a book I'd taken out from the public library--Dicey's Song, by Cynthia Voigt. On the very last page I read that the author had attended Smith--which no one in my small Midwestern home town had heard of--and I remember a shiver passing over me, like I was seeing my future, though of course that couldn't be true. But it seemed like a promising omen.

Then sophomore year, faced with a schedule that included organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physics, I took a children's literature class, taught by none other than Patricia MacLachlan the year that she won the Newbery for Sarah Plain and Tall. Patty and Jane Yolen did in fact become my mentors--though it was a long time before I was brave enough to consider myself primarily a writer.

So Smith certainly was instrumental in making me a writer--but I still can't answer why so many children's book writers graduated from Smith.(less)
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“It had been awful, but I hadn't quit. I had persisted. In battle I had won.”
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The War that Saved My Life

“What you know in your head and what you say out loud are not always the same.”
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Jefferson's Sons

“I wanted to say a lot of things, but, as usual, I didn't have the words for the thoughts inside my head.”
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Which book would you give the 2016 Newbery award to?

These books were chosen from our "A Call for Newbery Contenders" thread.

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