Ben Mikaelsen

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Ben Mikaelsen (born December 8, 1952) is a Bolivian American writer of children's literature.

Personal life[edit]

Mikaelsen was born in December 8, 1952 in La Paz, Bolivia. The son of missionary parents[1] of Danish descent,[2] he wasn't sent to school until the fourth grade where he was bullied for his race. Mikaelsen moved to the United States with his family shortly before entering the seventh grade,[1] where he encountered further bullying because of his spoken English skills.[3] As a teen in Minnesota, he taught himself to swim and dive, and took flight and skydiving lessons.[4] Mikaelsen attended Concordia College and Bemidji State University.[5]

Mikaelsen owned a male American black bear named Buffy for 26 years until the bear's death in 2010.[6] Mikaelsen considered Buffy a "750-pound member of my family."[7] He has been writing full-time since 1984 and currently lives around Bozeman, Montana with his wife, Connie.

Published works[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Mikaelson's work has won many state youth literature awards, including the California Young Reader Medal and Wyoming's Indian Paintbrush Book Award.


  1. ^ a b Hobbs, Bonnie (9 Jul 2012). "‘Words . . . More Hurtful Than Fists’". Connection Newspapers. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Cortés, Carlos E. (3 September 2013). Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, Volume 1. SAGE Publications. p. 380. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Malernee, Jamie (23 Feb 2002). "Author: Don't Be Afraid To Be Different". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Olp, Susan (2 Apr 2002). "Bozeman writer's head full of stories". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Miller, Wanda J. (1998). Teaching U.S. History Through Children's Literature: Post-World War II. Libraries Unlimited. p. 99. ISBN 9781563085819. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Bauer, Jennifer (24 Apr 2013). "Ben Mikaelsen draws from the events of his own extraordinary life to bring to life his books for young adults". Inland360. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Mikaelsen, Ben. "Ben Mikaelsen Biography". Scholastic Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  8. ^ a b "Spur Awards Past Winners". Western Writers of America. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "IRA Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards". International Reading Association. Archived from the original on 4 August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Best Fiction for Young Adults". American Library Association. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 

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