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Gary D Schmidt

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Gary D. Schmidt is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books. He lives on a farm in Alto, Michigan,[citation needed] with his wife and six children, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, feeds the wild cats that drop by and wishes that sometimes the sea breeze came that far inland. He is a Professor of English at Calvin College. .

Genres: Children's Fiction
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
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Blue Peter Book Award Book of the Year winner (2000) : The Pilgrim's Progress: A Retelling
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book nominee (2005) : Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Newbery Medal Best Novel nominee (2005) : Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Newbery Medal Best Novel nominee (2008) : The Wednesday Wars

Gary D Schmidt recommends
Breadcrumbs (2011)
Anne Ursu
"This is a lyrical book, a lovely book, and a smart book; it dares us to see stories as spreading more widely, and running more deeply, than we had imagined."
Screaming at the Ump (2014)
Audrey Vernick
"You'll read this in the time it takes to play a double-header!"
Sidetracked (2017)
Diana Harmon Asher
"A splendid novel that I read in one sitting."
No Saints in Kansas (2017)
Amy Brashear
"A gruesome murder, the clues, the investigation, the culprits, the trial—all of these are part of this riveting, fast-paced novel. But intertwined with those are, for newly arrived Carly Fleming, even harder questions. She is indefatigable in her search for the truth, but the truth she searches for is also about her place in this new town, where she is defined as an outsider, and within her own family, which is splitting apart. The unity and urgency of those two searches is searing."
A Drop of Hope (2019)
Keith Calabrese
"A book comes along that reminds us of what we are capable of."
96 Miles (2020)
J L Esplin
"A suspense thriller, survival story, and-most importantly-a story of the love between brothers. You'll turn the pages-and be surprised again and again."

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