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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
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   The Sin Eater (1996)
   Anson's Way (1999)
   Straw Into Gold (2001)
   Mara's Stories (2001)
   The Wonders of Donal O'Donnell (2002)
   Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (2004)
   First Boy (2005)
   The Wednesday Wars (2007)
   Trouble (2008)
   Okay for Now (2011)
   What Came from the Stars (2012)
   Pay Attention, Carter Jones (2019)
   A Long Road on a Short Day (2020) (with Elizabeth Stickney)
   Just Like That (2021)
   One Smart Sheep (2021) (with Elizabeth Stickney)
   The Labors of Hercules Beal (2023)
   The Pilgrim's Progress (1994)
   The Blessing of the Lord (1997)
   A Little Bit Super (2024) (with others)
Anthologies edited
   Robert Frost (1994)
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Gary D Schmidt recommends
Farther Than the Moon (2023)
Lindsay Lackey
"The power of Farther than the Moon comes at you twice, since this is a story of two loves: the love of space travel, the sheer thrill and excitement of being an astronaut, and the love of a kid who is absolutely devoted to his brother with disabilities. Both love stories will grip any reader who cheers for the seemingly impossible."
Wildoak (2022)
C C Harrington
"Wildoak is one of those novels that makes us believe the world may well be as mysterious and as lovely and as possible as we had hoped. Maybe we can speak to animals in ways we never anticipated, and maybe we can sense consciousness in places we had never imagined, and maybe deep hurts can be overcome--the hurts of war, of humiliation, of pride. The rambunctious and sometimes frightening and sometimes incredibly funny story of Maggie and Rumpus is a story of how we might connect more deeply and more humanly--and so it is a story of immense hope. Read it, and be enlarged!"
A Perfect Mistake (2022)
Melanie Conklin
"A creepy and dark setting, misleading clues, threats against the investigator--what more do you want in a mystery? But as it turns out, Max faces even deeper mysteries in discovering himself and his place in the world, and in the end, those are the poignant discoveries we're cheering about. A powerful novel that affirms difference and openness as we watch a boy hold onto friendship with a grip that will not let go."

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