Individual Author Record
Name: James W. BennettPen Name: James Bennett Genre: Fiction Born: 1942 in Piatt County, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionBennett lived in Canton, Monticello and Bloomington, Illinois as a child. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois with his BA and Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois with a MA. He once taught at Black Hawk Jr. College in Moline, Illinois and he currently resides in Normal, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationJames 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. Bennett has worked as a teacher of creative writing at a community college until 1976 and as an aide to high school-aged mentally handicapped students in Bloomington, Illinois, 1983-95. 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.
*''A Quiet Desperation'', Thomas Nelson, 1983*''I Can Hear the Mourning Dove'', Houghton Mifflin, 1990*''Dakota Dream'', Scholastic, 1994*''The Squared Circle'', Scholastic, 1995*''The Flex of the Thumb'', Pin Oaks Press, 1996*''Blue Star Rapture'', Scholastic, 1997*''Plunking Reggie Jackson'', Simon and Schuster, 2001*''Old Hoss'', McFarland, 2002*''Faith Wish'', Holiday House, 2003*''Harry Porter Does Dallas'', 2004*''How the Bible was Built'', 2005