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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.


Awards

Recognitions for Body of Work

Literary Lights Award, Boston Public Library

The Empire State Author Award

The Knickerbocker Award, NY Library Association

Literary Artist of the Year, Rochester (NY) Arts Council, 2002

Young Adult Literary Prize, Chicago Tribune

Shortlist, NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, 2021

U.S. Candidate, Hans Christian Andersen Author Award, 2022

A Single Shard

2001 CCBC Choices

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

2002 Newbery Medal Book,

2002 NCTE Adventuring with Books, Booklist for Pre-K – Grade 6

2002 NCTE Kaleidoscope: A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8

2002 Notable Books for a Global Society, Illinois Library Association

2002 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

2002 ALA Notable Book for Children

2003 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Author Honor

2003 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee

2003 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Nominee (VT)

2003-2004 Charlie May Simon Book Award Nominee (AR)

2003-2004 Lamplighter Award Nominee

2003-2004 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Nominee

2004 Sequoyah Book Award (OK)

2004 William Allen White Children’s Book Award Nominee (KS)

2004 Young Reader’s Choice Award—Intermediate/Grades 7-9 Winner

2005 Nene Award Nominee (HI)

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

When My Name Was Keoko

Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award Nominee (AR)

2002 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Children and Teens (DC)

2002 Michigan Library Association’s Mitten Award Winner

2002 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

2002 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

2002 School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year

2003 Notable Books for a Global Society

2003 Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

2003 NYPL Books for the Teen Age List

2003 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

2003 ALA Notable Book for Children

2003 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

2003 IRA Teachers’ Choices Reading List

2003 Jane Addams Book Award Honor Book

2003 CCBC Choices

2003-2004 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Nominee (VT)

2004 Skipping Stones Honor Award

2004 Utah Beehive Book Award Nominee

2004 Maine Student Book Award Master List

2004-2005 Lamplighter Award Nominee

2005 Mark Twain Award Master List (MO)

2005 Garden State (NJ) Teen Book Award Nominee

2005 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Master List (IL)

2005 Sequoyah Book Award (OK) Nominee

2006 Sunshine State Young Readers’ Master List (FL)

Project Mulberry

Junior Library Guild Selection

Shalom Readers’ Book List

Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award Nominee (AR)

2005 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

2005 Notable Books for a Global Society

2005 AISLE Read-Aloud Books Too Good to Miss

2005 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Fiction Prize

2005 Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books

2006 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

2006 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, Honorable Mention

2006 CCBC Choices

2006 Keystone to Reading Master List (PA)

2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation

2007 Blue Hen Book Award (DE)

2007 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee

2007-2008 Lamplighter Award Nominee

2008 Connecticut Nutmeg Award Nominee

2008 Golden Sower Award Nominee (NE)

2008 Iowa Children’s Choice Award Nominee

2008 Mark Twain Award Master List (MO)

2008 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Nominee

2008 Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Award Nominee (SD)

2008 Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award Nominee (FL)

2008 Virginia Young Readers Award Nominee

2008 William Allen White Children’s Book Award Nominee (KS)

2009 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Nominee (IL)

The Kite Fighters

Junior Library Guild Selection

2000 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

2001 IRA Teachers’ Choices Reading List

2001 Notable Books for a Global Society (ILA)

2001 CCBC Choices

2001-2002 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Nominee (VT)

2002 California Young Readers Medal finalist

2002-2003 South Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee

2002-2003 Young Hoosier Book Aware Nominee (IN)

2004 Texas Bluebonnet Master List

2005 Arizona Young Readers’ Master List

Seesaw Girl

1999 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

1999 Riverbank Review Book of Distinction

2000 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

2002 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee

Tap Dancing on the Roof

2007 ABC Children’s Booksellers Choice Award

2007 Book Sense Award Finalist

2007 Horn Book Fanfare Selection

2008 ALA Notable Book for Children

2008 CCBC Choices

2008 The Lion and the Unicorn Prize for Excellence in North American Poetry

2008 NCTE/CLA Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts

2010 Prairie Bud Children’s Book Award Nominee (SD)

2010 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominee

2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee

The Firekeeper's Son

Junior Library Guild Selection

2004 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

2004 Parents’ Choice Recommended Winner

2004 AISLE Read-Aloud Books Too Good to Miss

2004 Bank Street College of Education Irma Simonton and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature Honor Book

2005 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

2005 CCBC Choices

2005 IRA Teachers’ Choice Reading List

2005 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation

2006 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

2006 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee

2006 Young Hoosier Book Award (IN) Nominee

2007 Georgia’s Children’s Book Award Nominee

2007 Volunteer State (TN) Book Award Master Reading List

2008 Monarch Award Nominee (IL)

What Does Bunny See?

2006 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year

2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation

Yak's Yak

2016 Amazon Best Children’s Books of the Year

2016 Shelf Awareness Best Children’s & Teen Books of the Year

2017 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

2017 CCBC Choices

2017 Maine Regional Library System Cream of the Crop List

2017 NCTE/CLA Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts

2018 Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee (NM)

Yum! Yuk!

2006 ALA Notable Book for Children

2006 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

2006 CCBC Choices

2006 Connecticut Book Award Finalist

2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation

2006 NCTE/CLA Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts

2016 IL READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council

Xander's Panda Party

Junior Library Guild Selection

2013 School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year

2014 ALA Notable Book

2014 Bank Street CBC Best Children’s Book of the Year

2014 CCBC Choices2014 IRA Teachers’ Choices Reading List

2014 Michigan Library Association’s Mitten Award Honor List

2014-2015 Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award Nominee

2015 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee

2015 Utah Beehive Award Nominee

2015 Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award Nominee

2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

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

Junior Library Guild Selection

2010 Charlie May Simon Book Award nominee (AR)

2010 Nene Award Nominee (HI)

2010 Oregon Battle of the Books

2010 Prairie Pasque Award nominee (SD)

A Long Walk to Water

Junior Library Guild Selection

IRA Notable Books for a Global Society

Shalom Readers Book Club List

2010 Book Links Lasting Connections

2011 NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

2011 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (NY)

2012 Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee (MA)

2012 Great Lakes Book Award Nominee (MI)

2012 Volunteer State Book Award Runner-Up (TN)

2012 Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award (ND)

2012 Maine Student Book Award Nominee

2013 Golden Sower Award Nominee (NE)

2013 Iowa Children’s Choice Award Nominee

2012 Kentucky Blue Grass Award Nominee

2012-2013 Lamplighter Award Nominee

2012-2013 Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee (MN)

2013 Nene Award Nominee (HI)

2013 North Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee

2013 Nutmeg Award Nominee (CT)

2013 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee

2013 Sasquatch Award Nominee (WA)

2013 South Carolina Association of School Librarians Award Nominee

2013 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List (FL)

2013 Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Nominee

2013 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (IN)

2013-2014 Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Nominee

2015 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Master List (IL)

2016 Oregon Battle of the Books Nominee

The Third Gift

2011 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award

2012 ALA Notable Book for Children

2012 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

2012 Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens

2012 CCBC Choices

2012 NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

2015 We Are Kid Lit Collective Summer Reading Lists

Archer's Quest

2008 Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee

2008 Kentucky Blue Grass Award Nominee

2009 Children’s Choice Award Nominee (IA)

2009 Mark Twain Readers Award Nominee (MO, MASL)

2009 Sasquatch Award Nominee (WA)

2009 South Carolina Association of School Librarians Award Nominee

2009 William Allen White Children’s Book Award Nominee (KS)

2010 Nutmeg Award Nominee (CT)

2010 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (IN)

Nya's Long Walk

Junior Library Guild selection

2020 ALSC Notable Children’s Books

2020 CCBC Choices

2020 NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

Prairie Lotus

Amazon.com Best Children’s Books of 2020: Ages 9-12

Parents Magazine Best Children’s Books of 2020

Washington Post Best Children’s Books of 2020

Wing & a Claw: Forest of Wonders

Junior Library Guild selection

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle-Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2016

Brightly, 16 Great Middle Grade Books to Read in 2016

2020 CCBC Choices

Wing & Claw: Cavern of Secrets

Junior Library Guild selection

Fatal Throne

2018 The New York Public Library Best Books for Teens: Top 10

2019 Amelia Bloomer Book List (an American Library Association list of

well-written books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers)

2019, IL READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A long walk to water /
ISBN: 0547251270. OCLC Number: 495597182

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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.

A single shard /
ISBN: 0547534264. OCLC Number: 44803112

Clarion Books,. .

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.

Archer's quest
ISBN: 1328895750. OCLC Number: 62341433

Clarion Books,. .

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

Bee-bim bop! /
ISBN: 0547076711. OCLC Number: 311525038

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. .

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

Fatal throne :
ISBN: 1984830333. OCLC Number: 1107442033

. .

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

Keeping score /
ISBN: 0547248970. OCLC Number: 317917977

Sandpiper,. .

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.

Mung-mung :
ISBN: 1570914869. OCLC Number: 51722741

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Nya's long walk :
ISBN: 132878133X. OCLC Number: 1080247635

. .

In South Sudan, where Nya lives, many girls have a hard job: fetching water for their families from a remote water hole. The distance on foot is long, and the full water container is heavy. When Nya has to carry her little sister as well as the water, home seems impossibly distant. But reaching a thorn bush a few steps away - that she can do. And the tree after that, and then the next thing in her path...moving toward help and safety a step at a time. In the setting of Linda Sue park's bestseller A Long Walk to Water, and featuring a character who appears in those pages, Nya's Long Walk tells a story of determination, perseverance, and love. --

Prairie lotus /
ISBN: 132878150X. OCLC Number: 1088666667

. .

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father's shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America's heartland, in 1880. Hanna's adjustment to her new surroundings, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople's almost unanimous prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers. In Dakota Territory in the 1880s, half-Chinese Hanna and her white father face racism and resistance to change as they try to make a home for themselves. Includes author's note.

Project Mulberry.
ISBN: 9781417766789. OCLC Number: 176881054

Bt Bound,. .

Seesaw girl /
ISBN: 0547248881. OCLC Number: 308199550

Sandpiper,. .

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.

Tap dancing on the roof :
ISBN: 0618234837. OCLC Number: 70803474

Clarion Books,. .

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.

The 39 Clues: Storm Warning
ISBN: 9780545090674. OCLC Number: 614476103

Scholastic,. .

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.

The 39 Clues: Trust No One
ISBN: 9780545298438. OCLC Number: 809558710

Scholastic,. .

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.

The firekeeper's son /
ISBN: 0618133372. OCLC Number: 50676419

Clarion Books,. .

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.

The kite fighters
ISBN: 9780547346083. OCLC Number: 754107861

Sandpiper,. .

In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, and combines his kite-flying skill with his brother's in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.

The one thing you'd save /
ISBN: 1328515133. OCLC Number: 1239962888

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If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class. Illustrated with black-and-white art.

The third gift /
ISBN: 0547201958. OCLC Number: 694830092

Clarion Books,. .

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.

What does Bunny see? :
ISBN: 0618234853. OCLC Number: 55633842

Clarion Books,. .

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

When my name was Keoko /
ISBN: 1435299450. OCLC Number: 54404137

Dell Yearling,. .

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.

Wing & Claw: Beast of Stone
ISBN: 0062327445. OCLC Number: 989963645

. .

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.

Wing & Claw: Cavern of Secrets
ISBN: 0062327410. OCLC Number: 951936479

. .

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.

Wing & Claw: Forest of Wonders
ISBN: 0062327380. OCLC Number: 940939127

. .

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.

Xander's panda party /
ISBN: 0547558651. OCLC Number: 856518174

. .

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.

Yaks yak :
ISBN: 0544391012. OCLC Number: 913923890

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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.