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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cynthia Leitich Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: in Kansas City

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Illinois Connection

Lived in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Published Works

    Jingle Dancer, Morrow/Harper-Collins, 2000Rain is Not My Indian Name, Harper-Collins, 2001Indian Shoes, Harper-Collins, 2002Santa Knows, Dutton, 2006Tantalize, Candlewick, 2007Eternal, Candlewick, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

Jingle dancer /
ISBN: 068816241X. OCLC Number:

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Tink, tink, tink, tink, sang cone-shaped jingles sewn to Grandma Wolfe's dress. Jenna's heart beats to the brum, brum, brum, brum of the powwow drum as she daydreams about the clinking song of her grandma's jingle dancing. Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem -- how will her dress sing if it has no jingles?

Rain is not my Indian name /
ISBN: 006029504X. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2001.

Cassidy Rain Berghoff didn't know that the very night she decided to get a life would be the night that Galen would lose his. It's been six months since her best friend died, and up until now Rain has succeeded in shutting herself off from the world. But when controversy arises around her aunt Georgia's Indian Camp in their mostly white Midwestern community, Rain decides to face the outside world again -- at least through the lens of her camera. Hired by her town newspaper to photograph the campers, Rain soon finds that she has to decide how involved she wants to become in Indian Camp. Does she want to keep a professional distance from the intertribal community she belongs to? And just how willing is she to connect with the campers after her great loss?

Indian shoes /
ISBN: 0060295325. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. 2002.

Together with Grampa, Ray Halfmoon, a Seminole-Cherokee boy, finds creative and amusing solutions to life's challenges.

Santa knows /
ISBN: 0525477578. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2006.

Armed with the facts, young Alfie sets out to prove to the world that Santa Claus does not exist but no one pays attention, especially his sister Noelle, whose only request of the man in red is a nicer big brother.

Tantalize /
ISBN: 076364059X. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Cambridge, MA :. 2007.

When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Kieren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.

Eternal /
ISBN: 076364773X. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Somerville, Mass. :. 2010, ©2009.

When Miranda's guardian angel, Zachary, recklessly saves her from falling into an open grave and dying, the result is that she turns into a vampire and he is left to try to reinstate his reputation by finally doing the right thing.

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