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Gary D Schmidt

USA flag (b.1957)

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
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!"
The War That Saved My Life (2015)
(War , book 1)
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
"In Ada's small war lies our large hope that love cannot, will not, be overcome. I read this novel in two big gulps."
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."
The Genius Experiment (2018)
(Max Einstein, book 1)
Chris Grabenstein and James Patterson
"Mix together these ingredients: a feisty heroine, a rambunctious plot, a nasty villain, and the notion that being smart is cool, and that working together across all sorts of barriers is even cooler, and you have this rollicking roller coaster of a book. You won't stop turning the pages!"
A Drop of Hope (2019)
Keith Calabrese
"Every so often -- though not very often -- a book comes along that reminds us of what we are capable of as human beings. It reminds us that we can be kind. It reminds us that we can create. It reminds us that we really can grow into our best selves. And it does all this with a story that startles us with the absolute conviction that we are connected in ways whose complexities we can never fully know. This is one of those books."
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."
The List of Things That Will Not Change (2020)
Rebecca Stead
"This is a story of love that enlarges, even though it is not always easy. We cheer for and are cheered by Bea’s quiet triumphs because they are triumphs of the heart."
Breathing Underwater (2021)
Sarah Allen
"Breathing Underwater takes you by surprise again and again: You think it's a road trip story, then a search for treasure story, then that it's a story about the darkness of depression, then that it's a story about sisters. Finally, you realize it's all of these-and more. It's really, in the end, a love story, filled with joy and hurt and hope-and all the complexity that love brings with it."

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