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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 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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A week from today my new novel Fighting Words debuts. It's a tough story about a tough kid in a bad situation, how she's shielded and strengthened by her sister's love, and how she learns to thrive.

Originally my publisher planned to send me on tour, which would mean, among other things, repeatedly talking about my book to people who'd not had a chance to read it. For months I'd planned to end my p Read more of this blog post »
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“It had been awful, but I hadn't quit. I had persisted. In battle I had won.”
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“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."
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