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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Today (August 11, 2020) is the publication date of my 18th book, Fighting Words. It's the book of my heart; the best work so far that I've done.

Today I woke up to writer friends announcing that it was my book's birthday. I woke up in a house filled with books. I woke up, as I went to sleep, surrounded by my family's love. I am so grateful.

Anyone can be a writer. All you need is the guts to see your story told. It's hard work for everyone. If you want to do it badly enough, you can.
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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Yes! It's called The War I Finally Won and it will be published October 3, 2017.…moreYes! It's called The War I Finally Won and it will be published October 3, 2017.(less)
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, Natal…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

“I don't know what to say," she said, after a pause. "I don't want to tell you a lie, and I don't know the truth."
It was maybe the most honest thing anyone had ever said to me.”
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“You can know things all you like, and someday you might believe them.”
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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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