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Stories of My Life
ISBN: 9780803740433
Author: Paterson, Katherine
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Published: October 2014
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: An uplifting personal account by the Newbery Medal- and National Book Award-winning author shares intimate stories about the experiences that inspired her novels, from her early childhood in China to her marriage to a minister and relationships with four children. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.25" H x 125.00" L x 6.50" W
Bargain Category: Social Issues, Middle School, History, High School, Growing Up, Chapter Books, Biographies
Grade level(s): 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Demonstrating warmth, ease, and a sense of humor about herself, Paterson relates tales from her life, looping naturally through her youthful experiences in China and Japan, her marriage and children, and her writing. The book ends with an account of Paterson's husband's death in 2013; like almost everything she writes, the chapter is honest, flecked with good sense and humor, and heartrending. Timeline.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 July #3)

"Sometimes I can't believe my own life," writes Paterson in these autobiographical stories about her missionary parents, her childhood in China and the U.S., and her career—first as a missionary herself and, after marriage and motherhood, as one of the most decorated authors in children's literature. Fans of her novels will enjoy learning about the real-life places and events that inspired her work: the family farm that became the setting for Park's Quest, the similarities between her mother and Susan Bradshaw in Jacob I Have Loved, and the death of her son's best friend that led to Bridge to Terabithia. Written in a conversational style, these "kitchen sink stories" will perhaps be received best by professional adults and readers who grew up with her books; much of what she recounts is about the distant past, courtship, and motherhood. What absolutely shines through is Paterson's warm, self-effacing humor, and the extraordinary humility of a writer who has won two National Book Awards, two Newbery Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Like Mark Twain, to whom she is distantly related, Paterson is a true American treasure. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)¦

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 July)

Gr 6 Up—A beloved author shares family lore and personal history in a collection of stories wending casually from her parents' youth to her husband's recent death, with many illuminating stops—geographical and temporal—in between. This set of personal tales offers the same openness and vibrant detail that helped Paterson garner Newbery Medals and National Book Awards. The chapters and accompanying photographs lace together family history with professional triumphs and struggles, sometimes leaping decades and continents in one or two sentences, with many episodes focusing on her family's experiences during her childhood in China and her own adult missionary life in Japan. Longtime fans will delight in the origin stories dotted throughout, revealing inspirations for familiar characters, locations, and incidents. In the introduction, Paterson dismisses the notion of publishing her memoirs, and the meaningful compilation of anecdotes here does not present as a single, cohesive narrative. Some chapters display a nuanced interweaving and a sense of resolution, while others appear as lists or simple, chronological accounts. Paterson's Christian faith and her missionary background inform many of the tales, and her robust family relationships suffuse the entire book with contented warmth. Though the text is accessible to middle and high school students, the audience may be largely professional, as the stories, while never inappropriate, address adult concerns (such as Paterson dealing with parenthood). For those of us never invited to dinner in Paterson's undoubtedly welcoming home, this book allows us at least to imagine the stories we might hear while doing the dishes.—Robbin E. Friedman, Chappaqua Library, NY

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