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Gary D Schmidt

Born: 1957 in Hicksville, New York
Connection to Illinois: Schmidt received his MS and PHD from UIUC in English (PhD in medieval Literature in 1985.).

Biography: Gary D. Schmidt is the author of the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. He currently resides in Alto, Michigan, where he is a professor of English at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Newbery Honor, Printz Honor
  • The Wednesday Wars Newberry Honor
  • Okay for Now Finalist, National Book Award, Children's Choice Book Award


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