won the Newbery Medal and millions of devoted readers for her novel Bridge to Terabithia, first published in 1978. She has won numerous awards throughout her career, including the Newbery Medal for Jacob Have I Loved and the National Book Award for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins. She was also given the Hans Christian Anderson Medal and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her entire body of work, honoring her lasting contributions to children's literature.
Paterson was born to missionary parents in China, where she spent part of her childhood. She later moved to the American South and spent four years in Japan, the setting of her first three novels. She currently lives with her husband in Vermont. Her most recent book is Bread and Roses, Too, published in 2006, about the effects of the famous 1912 strike at the Bread and Roses mill on a family.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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