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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James W. Bennet  

Pen Name: James Bennett

Genre: C:CHILD C:CHILD C:YA C:YA Fiction

Born: 1942 in Piatt County, Illinos


Illinois Connection

*James W. Bennett lives in Normal.

Biographical and Professional Information

James W. Bennett is the author of a number of uncompromising, challenging novels for teens. The books have earned him recognition as one of the nation's leading nevelists for young adults. Bennett's fiction, often revolving around sports themes, has been used successfully as a curriculum choice in schools. He was a writer-in-residence for Illinois secondary schools. His book ''The Squared Circle'' is considered by many to be the finest basketball novel ever written.

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-- *"1995's Finest YA Novel" citation, Voice of Youth Advocates, 1996, for ''The Squared Circle'' *James was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.