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General Information

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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1960 in Urbana, Illinois

Sites:


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.


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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

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-- """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)

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-- """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)

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-- """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)

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-- """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

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-- """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

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-- """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

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-- """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)

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-- """What Does Bunny See?"""

-- *2006 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year

-- *2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation

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-- """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)

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-- """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

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-- "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 Choices*2014 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

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-- """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

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-- """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)

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-- """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

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-- """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

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-- """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)

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-- """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

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-- """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

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-- """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

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-- """Wing & Claw: Cavern of Secrets"""

-- *Junior Library Guild selection

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-- """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