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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sterling North  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1906 in Edgerton, Wisconsin

Died: December 21, 1974 in Morristown, New Jersey

-- Sterling North on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

North attended the University of Chicago and worked at the Chicago Daily News from 1929 to 1943.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sterling North was born Thomas Sterling North. He was a prolific writer of short stories, poetry, biography and novels. After graduating from Edgerton High School, North worked his way through attending the University of Chicago and began his writing career. He wrote for many papers and magazines, including New York World-Telegram, the New York Sun, Reader's Digest, The Atlantic, Esquire, and Holiday. After leaving the University of Chicago, North worked as a reporter at the Chicago Daily News, eventually moving up to work as the literary editor. In 1957, he became the general editor of Houghton Mifflin's North Star Books. He also had two of his books made into major motion pictures by Walt Disney - ''Rascal'', his autobiographical story about raising a raccoon, in 1969 and ''So Dear to My Heart'' in 1949 which also garnered the an Academy Award nomination for best song: ''Lavender Blue'', sung by Burl Ives.


'Rascal ' Newbery Honor, 1964 Sequoyah Book Award, 1966 Young Reader's Choice Award, 1966 Over 2.5 million copies sold

Selected Titles At Your Library

Abe Lincoln :
ISBN: 0394891791. OCLC Number: 15284915

Random House,. .

A biography of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his childhood spent in poverty on the Midwestern frontier, and chronicling his rise to the Presidency and the highlights of his tenure.

Captured by the Mohawks
ISBN: 0440410592. OCLC Number: 480915

Dell Publishing. .

George Washington :
ISBN: 9781627889773. OCLC Number: 959149937

Voyageur Press,. .

The early life of George Washington in a new, illustrated edition of the classic biography by Sterling North.

Great stories about animals
ISBN: 0874601983. OCLC Number: 840828403

Lion Books,. .

An anthology of some of the most enduring animal tales.

Mark Twain and the river
ISBN: 9781101022320. OCLC Number: 781794534

Puffin Books,. .

Tom Sawyer is among the best-known, most-loved characters in American fiction. As everyone remembers, he and Huck Finn camped on an island, got lost in a cave, and visited an old graveyard at midnight. These adventures were based upon the author's real boyhood experiences along the Mississippi River. Trace Mark Twain's life from 1835, when his birth was heralded by Halley's Comet, to 1910, when the comet returned upon his death, in this fascinating biography by Newbery Honor author Sterling North.

Mark Twain and the river /
ISBN: 014241235X. OCLC Number: 236345108

Puffin Books,. .

Trace Mark Twain's life from 1835, when his birth was heralded by Halley's Comet, to 1910, when the comet returned upon his death, in this biography by Newbery Honor author Sterling North.

Rascal :
ISBN: 0525188398. OCLC Number: 1632114

E.P. Dutton,. .

The author's carefree life in a small midwestern town at the close of World War I, and his adventures with his pet raccoon, Rascal.

So dear to my heart
ISBN: 0788889451. OCLC Number: 299807798

Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment,. .

A young country boy is determined to see his mischievous black lamb win the county fair's blue ribbon.

The Pedro Gorino
ISBN: 9781594161353. OCLC Number: 751535604

Westholme ;. .

The wolfing :
ISBN: 0434523305. OCLC Number: 30267813

Heinemann,. .

A classic story about a boy's best friend--who's half dog, half wolf, and all heart. With ingenuity and hard work, Robbie Trent manages to convince his parents and his wolf-hating neighbors that Wolf is as hard-working as any dog.

Young Thomas Edison.
ISBN: 0142412104. OCLC Number: 236345114

Puffin Books,. .

"Unable to hear, Thomas Edison seemed unlikely to become one of America's greatest inventors, but he wasn't about to let a minor obstacle stop him. As a young man he invented the phonograph, the incandescent light, and motion pictures, to name three of his many important inventions."--Publisher's description.

Young Thomas Edison.
ISBN: 9781101022313. OCLC Number: 522295670

Puffin Books,. .