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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Linda Sue Park  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1960 in Urbana, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Park was born in Urbana and grew up outside Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Linda Sue Park has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old. She went to Stanford University and graduated with a degree in English. After graduation, she took a job as a public-relations writer for a major oil company. In 1983, after two years with the oil company, Linda Sue left her job and moved to Dublin. She studied literature, moved to London, worked for an advertising agency, taught English as a second language to college students and worked as a food journalist. In 1990, she and her family moved back to the U.S. Linda Sue continued teaching English to foreign students. In 1997, she started writing her first book, ''Seesaw Girl''. It was accepted that same year and published in 1999. Since then, Linda Sue has published many other books for young people, including ''A Single Shard'', which was awarded the 2002 Newbery Medal. Along with her own published books, Park has also been a contributing author to the multi-authored books . Park currently resides in western New York.


Published Works

  • Seesaw Girl, Clarion, 1999
  • The Kite Fighters, Clarion, 2000
  • A Single Shard, Clarion, 2001
  • When My Name Was Keoko, Clarion, 2002
  • The Firekeeper's Son, Clarion, 2004
  • Mung-Mung: A Fold-Out Book of Animal Sounds, Charlesbridge, 2004
  • Project Mulberry, Clarion, 2005 - reprint 2017
  • YUM! YUCK!, Charlesbridge Publishing, 2005 - written with Julie Durango
  • Bee-bim Bop!, Clarion, 2005
  • What Does Bunny See?, Clarion, 2005
  • Archer's Quest, Clarion, 2006
  • Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo Poems, Clarion, 2007
  • Keeping Score, Clarion, 2008
  • The 39 Clues-Storm Warning, Scholastic, 2010
  • A Long Walk to Water, Clarion, 2010
  • The Third Gift, Clarion, 2011
  • The 39 Clues: Trust No One, Scholastic, 2012
  • Xander's Panda Party, Clarion, 2013
  • Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo, HMH, 2015
  • Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs, Clarion, 2016
  • Wing and Claw #1: Forest of Wonders, HarperCollins, 2016
  • Yak's Yak: Animal Word Pairs, Clarion, 2016
  • Wing & Claw #2: Cavern of Secrets, HarperCollins, 2017
  • Wing & Claw #3: Beast of Stone, HarperCollins, 2018
  • Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All, Schwartz & Wade, 2018 - written with M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Standell, Jennifer Donnelly and Deborah Hopkinson


Selected Titles At Your Library

Seesaw girl /
ISBN: 0547248881. OCLC Number:

Sandpiper,. Boston :. [2009], ©1999.

Twelve-year-old Jade Blossom, who is impatient with the constraints put on her as an aristocratic girl living in Korea during the seventeenth century, determines to see beyond her small world.

A single shard /
ISBN: 0547534264. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. 2001.

Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch'ulp'o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter's craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated-until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min's irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself-even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min's work in the hope of a royal commission-even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.--Publisher information.

When my name was Keoko /
ISBN: 1435299450. OCLC Number:

Dell Yearling,. New York :. [2004]

With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.

The firekeeper's son /
ISBN: 0618133372. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2003.

In eighteenth-century Korea, after Sang-hee's father injures his ankle, Sang-hee attempts to take over the task of lighting the evening fire which signals to the palace that all is well. Includes historical notes.

Mung-mung :
ISBN: 1570914869. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2004.

See what each animal says and a word that is like the sound.

Project Mulberry.
ISBN: 1417766786. OCLC Number:

Bt Bound,. . 2007.

Yum! Yuck! :
ISBN: 1570916594. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2005.

At a busy street market, kids are happily eating ice cream. But disaster strikes when a little dog overturns a spice cart, showering pepper on everyone's ice cream. Will the kids end up crying or cheering? Energetic art and a lift-the-flap feature make exploring language fun.

Bee-bim bop! /
ISBN: 0547076711. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. Boston :. [2008], ©2005.

A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting.

What does Bunny see? :
ISBN: 0618234853. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2005.

A rabbit wanders through the various flowers and colors of a cottage garden.

Archer's quest /
ISBN: 0440422043. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2006.

Twelve-year-old Kevin Kim helps Chu-mong, a legendary king of ancient Korea, return to his own time.

Tap dancing on the roof :
ISBN: 0618234837. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2007.

Sijo is a traditional Korean form of poetry. Sijo is syllabic, like Japanese haiku, with three lines of 14 to 16 syllables each: the first two introduce the topic, the third and fourth lines develop it, and the fifth and sixth lines contain an unexpected humorous or ironic twist. This collection contains 26 sijo.

Keeping score /
ISBN: 0547248970. OCLC Number:

Sandpiper,. Boston :. [2010], ©2008.

In Brooklyn in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a "Bums" (Dodgers) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them.

Storm warning /
ISBN: 0545060494. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 2010.

"Amy and Dan hit the high seas as they follow the trail of some infamous ancestors to track down a long lost treasure. However, the real prize isn't hidden in a chest. It's the discovery of the Madrigals' most dangerous secret and, even more shockingly, the true identity of the mysterious man in black"--Amazon.com.

A long walk to water /
ISBN: 0547251270. OCLC Number:

. .

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

The third gift /
ISBN: 0547201958. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. Boston ;. 2011.

After harvesting an especially large "tear" of a resin known as myrrh, a young boy and his father visit a spice merchant whose three customers are seeking a special gift to bring to a baby. Includes biblical references and historical information about the Magi and myrrh. Suggested level: junior, primary.

Trust no one /
ISBN: 0545298431. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. London :. 2012.

When seven members of their family were kidnapped, thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, got ready for the fight of their lives. But their enemy, a terrifying group known as the Vespers, remained frustratingly elusive. They stay in the shadows, picking off Cahills one by one. And now the Vespers have landed their most serious blow yet - a blow that strikes at the very heart of the Cahill family. Because Amy and Dan discover that there's a Vesper mole in their innermost circle. Amy and Dan need to smoke out the traitor before the next hostage dies. They have just days to discover who has their back ... and who wants to sink a knife into it.

Xander's panda party /
ISBN: 0547558651. OCLC Number:

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Xander's plan to host a panda party falls through, since he is the only panda at the zoo, but when he extends the invitation to all of the bears, complications ensue. Includes author's note on the wonders of the animal kingdom and the international effort to save pandas from extinction.

Tap dancing on the roof :
ISBN: 0544555511. OCLC Number:

. .

Sijo is a traditional Korean form of poetry. Sijo is syllabic, like Japanese haiku, with three lines of 14 to 16 syllables each: the first two introduce the topic, the third and fourth lines develop it, and the fifth and sixth lines contain an unexpected humorous or ironic twist. This collection contains 26 sijo.

Yaks yak :
ISBN: 0544391012. OCLC Number:

. .

Presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names, including hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other creatures demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same.

Forest of wonders /
ISBN: 0062327380. OCLC Number:

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When Raffa makes a cure from a rare crimson vine he finds deep in the forbidden forest, the bat he saves transforms into something much more.

Yaks yak :
ISBN: 0544391012. OCLC Number:

. .

Presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names, including hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other creatures demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same.

Cavern of secrets /
ISBN: 0062327410. OCLC Number:

. .

Hoping to return home after a winter in the Sudden Mountains so he can join his parents in the fight against the evil Chancellor, Raffa must use his apothecary skills while enlisting the help of human and animal friends to survive the journey.

Beast of stone /
ISBN: 0062327445. OCLC Number:

. .

A conclusion to the trilogy finds apothecary Raffa and his ragtag band of allies preparing to battle the heartless Chancellor's armies, a conflict he fears will cause untold suffering for the animals being forced to fight.

Fatal throne :
ISBN: 1524716197. OCLC Number:

. .

Seven award-winning young adult authors illuminate the lives of Britain's King Henry VIII and his six wives from different viewpoints.


Awards

Body of Work

  • Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award
  • The Empire State Author Award
  • The Knickerbocker Award, NY Library Association
  • Literary Artist of the Year, Rochester (NY)

    Arts Council, 2002

  • Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize - Honors an author whose work is aimed at a teen audience, addresses themes especially relevant to adolescents, inspires young readers, and champions literacy.
  • A Single Shard

  • 2002 Newbery Medal Book
  • 2002 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • 2002 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • 2001 Booklist Editor's Choice
  • 2001 Capitol Choices Selection
  • 2001 School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year
  • 2001 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • 2004 Sequoyah Book Award (OK)

  • 2006 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Master List (IL)

    When My Name Was Keoko

  • 2002 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • 2002 School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year
  • 2002 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • 2003 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • 2003 Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
  • 2003 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • 2003 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
  • 2003 NYPL Books for the Teen Age List
  • 2003 CCBC Choices
  • 2005 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Master List (IL)

  • 2004 Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • 2004 Maine Student Book Award Master List
  • 2003 Jane Addams Book Award Honor Book
  • 2005 Mark Twain Award Master List (MO)

  • 2006 Sunshine State Young Readers Master List (FL)

    Project Mulberry

  • 2006 CCBC Choices
  • 2005 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • 2005 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Fiction Prize
  • 2005 Chicago Public Librarys Best of the Best Books
  • 2005 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2006 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
  • 2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation
  • 2006 Texas Bluebonnet Master List
  • 2006 Keystone to Reading Master List (PA)

  • 2008 Mark Twain Award Master List (MO)

  • 2009 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Nominee (IL)

    The Kite Fighters

  • 2002 California Young Readers Medal finalist
  • 2001 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2000 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
  • 2004 Texas Bluebonnet Master List
  • 2005 Arizona Young Readers Master List
  • Seesaw Girl

  • 1999 Riverbank Review Book of Distinction
  • 1999 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • 2000 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Tap Dancing on the Roof

  • 2008 The Lion and the Unicorn Prize for Excellence in North American Poetry
  • 2008 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • 2007 Book Sense Award Finalist
  • 2007 Horn Book Fanfare Selection
  • 2007 ABC Children's Booksellers Choice Award
  • The Firekeeper's Son

  • 2004 Parents' Choice Recommended Winner
  • 2004 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • 2005 CCBC Choices
  • 2005 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation
  • 2005 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
  • 2004 Bank Street College of Education Irma S. and James H. Black Finalist
  • 2007 Volunteer State (TN)

    Book Award Master Reading List

    What Does Bunny See?

  • 2006 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
  • 2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation
  • Bee-bim Bop!

  • 2005 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • 2006 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
  • 2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation
  • Keeping Score

  • 2010 Oregon Battle of the Books
  • A Long Walk to Water

  • 2011 Jane Addams Children's Book Award (NY)

  • 2012 Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (ND)

    The Third Gift

  • 2012 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • 2012 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Tap Dancing on the Roof

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