will be captivated by this wonderfully poetic and emotional
tale about the acceptance of loss and the power of the imagination,"
said an early review in Childhood Education, about
Kelly Easton's first novel, The
Life History of a Star. The young adult
novel, published by Margaret McElderry Books, in 2001, went
on to win a Golden
Kite Honor Award, and was selected by the New
York Public Library for Books for the Teen Age;
76, ten top books for teens; and for the
American Library Association's Popular Paperbacks for Teens
on Air, published by Margaret
McElderry Books in 2003 won the Julia Ward Howe Honor Award
from the Boston Authors' Club, and was the ALA list: Great
Reads for Middleschoolers.
Easton's novel for middle readers, Trouble
at Betts Pets, was published by Candlewick
Press in 2002, and then licensed by Scholastic Book Club.
and Criminals, a sequel to Betts Pets,
was published by Candlewick in 2003.
(McElderry Books, 2007) was nominated by the ALA for a Best
Book listing, and is on the ALA's Quick Picks for Reluctant
to Hold you (Wendy Lamb
Books) is a New York Public Library Book for the Teen
Age, 2008; and an Atlanta Parents Monthly Best Book, 2007
reviewers say about White Magic:
no flat characters here: even the adults have substance without
overwhelming the story. Readers may be reminded of Konigsburg's
Jennifer,Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth
(for much younger readers), but Easton's elegant, fluid writing
(water is a recurrent symbol), believable teenage emotions
and situations, and strong characterizations make the book
stand on its own," said Elissa Gershowitz in Horn Book.
Dreams (Dutton, 2007), a Premier Selection
of the Jr. Library Guild, has won the Asian/Pacific American
Literature Award for 2008, the ASTAL Rhode Island Middle School
Book of the Year, is on the New York Public Library's Book
for the Teen Age list, the 2008-2009 Kentucky Bluegrass Award
Master List, and the Chapel Hill Public Library Best Books
Coming soon: To Be Mona (Margaret K. McElderry Books,
The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes (Wendy Lamb Books,
addition to publishing for children, Ms. Easton is widely
published as a fiction writer in such literary journals as
Kalliope, Frontiers, Connecticut Review,
and Paterson Literary Review, among others. She has
won the North Carolina Writers Network Fiction Comptetition
(1997) and was an Honorable Mention in the Sojourner Fiction
Competition (1998), and Robert Ruark Fiction Competition (1998).
She has also seen her plays produced in theaters nationally.
Kelly Easton is on the faculty of Hamline
University. She teaches in Hamline University's
MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.
Easton has a master's of fine arts in playwriting from the
University of California, San Diego. Over the last 10 years,
she has taught in English, Creative Writing, and Theater Departments
at University of North Carolina, at Wilmington; University
of Rhode Island, and Roger Williams University in Bristol,
Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College. She is
the ASTAL Writer in Residence at Rhode Island college.
has also used creative writing in therapeutic settings, creating
programs at medical clinics and hospices.
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