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Sterling North

Born: 1906 in Edgerton, Wisconsin
Died: December 21, 1974 in Morristown, New Jersey

Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers

Sterling North on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Abe Lincoln :
ISBN: 0394891791 OCLC: 15284915

Random House, New York : [1987], ©1956.

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: 480915

Dell Publishing 1960

George Washington :
ISBN: 9781627889773 OCLC: 959149937

Voyageur Press, Minneapolis : ©2016.

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: 840828403

Lion Books, New York : ©1973.

An anthology of some of the most enduring animal tales.

Mark Twain and the river
ISBN: 9781101022320 OCLC: 781794534

Puffin Books, New York : 2009.

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: 236345108

Puffin Books, New York : 2009.

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: 1632114

E.P. Dutton, New York : ©1963.

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: 299807798

Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Burbank, Calif. : ©2008.

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: 751535604

Westholme ; Yardley, Pa. : 2011.

  The wolfing :
ISBN: 0434523305 OCLC: 30267813

Heinemann, London : 1970.

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: 9781101022313 OCLC: 522295670

Puffin Books, [New York] : 2009.

Young Thomas Edison.
ISBN: 0142412104 OCLC: 236345114

Puffin Books, [New York] : 2009.

"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.