Posted by: HOUCV | 08/03/2012

Georgia Authors for Juvenile Fiction-Ready

When many people think of Georgia authors they only think of Adult Fiction but what about Juvenile Fiction? There are many wonderful Georgia authors wrirting juvenile fiction. Here are a few authors who love to write children books and are, of course from Georgia: Kim Siegelson, Deborah Wiles and Doris Buchanan Smith.

Kim Siegelson was born in DeKalb County and grew up in Clarkston. She has now made her home in suburban Atlanta not far from where she grew up. As a child, she often rode her bicycle to the nearby Decatur Library and spent hours there sprawled on the floor reading a big stack of books. She received her BA in biology from Agnes Scott College in 1984 and a master’s degree in risk management from Georgia State University in 1990. Her career as a writer began in the 1990s after a six-week course at Emory University. Since then she has published picture books, novels, chapter books and short fiction for children’s magazines as well as articles for writers. She has received a number of honors including the prestigious Coretta Scott King Award from the American Library Association for her 2000 picture book “In the Time of the Drums.” She was also named Georgia Children’s Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association. Her books have been reviewed in many national publications including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. – Georgia Authors

Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama into an Air Force family and spent her growing-up summers in a small Mississippi town with an extended family full of Southern characters.  Today she writes about them and they live on in her stories. But now that she is lives in Atlanta, Georgia, we or at least I, will claim her as a Georgian.  Deborah has written four novels about growing up in the south. The first three are known as the Aurora County Trilogy.  Love, Ruby Lavender, Each Little Bird That Sings, and The Aurora County All-Stars. Her most recent project is called “The Sixties Trilogy: Three novels of the 1960s for young readers.” Book one, Countdown, has received excellent reviews.  When not writing, Deborah enjoys reading, gardening, singing, playing the banjo, and cooking. She keeps a blog where she chronicles her writing and life.

Last but not least in our Juvenile fiction list is Doris Buchanan Smith.  She was born in Washington, DC in 1934 and moved to Atlanta at the age of 9.  Many of her books deal with serious topics, often not found in other books for juveniles. The topics ranged from sex, death and drugs to runaways, handicaps and divorce. In her writings, individuals were forced to realize that they are ultimately responsible for their own actions, and that there are not always happy endings in life.  One of her books that she is most known for is “A Taste of Blackberries”.

If you want to read any of these authors books come to your local library or check our catalog here to check the availability of the book.  Or if you would like to know of any other Georgia authors check out this website that I have ran across in searching for these and many other authors.



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