Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Cynthia Leitich Smith
Cynthia Leitich SMith.jpg
Born1967
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Michigan (J.D.)
Period2000-present
GenreChildren's and young adult fiction, Native American literature, Gothic fantasy/horror, humor, realistic fiction
Website
cynthialeitichsmith.com

Cynthia Leitich Smith (born 1967) is a New York Times best-selling [1] author of fiction for children and young adults. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, she writes fiction for children centered on the lives of modern-day American Indians.[2] These books are taught widely by teachers in elementary, middle school, high school, and college classrooms.[3][4][5] In addition, Smith writes fanciful, humorous picture books and gothic fantasies for ages 14-up.[6] Regarded as an expert in children's-YA literature by the press, she also hosts a website for Children's Literature Resources.[7] Smith is a current faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts, teaching in the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program.[8]

Smith, a graduate of the University of Kansas and University of Michigan, lives in Austin, Texas.[9]

Books[edit]

Jingle Dancer,[10] illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu.[11] A picture book for ages 4 and up. Published in 2000 by Morrow/HarperCollins, the book was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award,[12] a runner-up for the Western Writers of America Storyteller Award,[13] and is listed as a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies,[14] on the 2002 Texas 2x2 list,[15] and on the 2002 Michigan Reader's Choice Award List.[15]

Rain is Not My Indian Name[16] is a novel for middle school readers. Upon its publication by HarperCollins, Smith was recognized as 2001 Writer of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.[17] Like Jingle Dancer, it was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award.[18] An audio book version of this title is available from Listening Library/Random House.[19]

Indian Shoes[20] is a chapter book for ages 7 and up. Published in 2002 by HarperCollins, it was selected for inclusion on the NEA Native American Book List. It is also listed as a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies,[20] the 2003 Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street College of Education,[15] and Choices 2003 by the Cooperative Children's Book Center.[15]

Santa Knows,[21] also by Greg Leitich Smith[22] and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman,[23] is a humorous holiday picture book, published in 2006 by Dutton, for ages 4 and up. In 2006, it was included among "Holiday High Notes" by the Horn Book,[24] "Worthy Stories for the Holidays" by the Miami Herald, and cheered as a "newly minted winner" by Kirkus Reviews.[25]

Tantalize[26] is a young adult gothic fantasy novel, published in 2007 and 2008 by Candlewick Press, for ages 14 and up. Fantasy elements include vampires and shapeshifters. The novel is a genre bender, employing elements of mystery, suspense, comedy, romance, and gothic fantasy. It was also published in 2008 by Listening Library/Random House,[27] Walker Books U.K.,[28] Walker Books Australia and New Zealand,[29] and Editions Intervista in France.[30] Tantalize was named to the 2011 list of Popular Paperbacks by the Young Adult Library Services Association[31] and featured at the 2007 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.[32]

Eternal[33] is a young adult gothic fantasy novel, published in 2009 and 2010 by Candlewick Press, for ages 14 and up. Fantasy elements include angels, vampires and shapeshifters. The novel is a genre bender, employing elements of mystery, suspense, comedy, romance, and Gothic fantasy. It also was published by Listening Library/Random House,[34] Walker Books U.K.,[35] Walker Books Australia and New Zealand,[36] and Amber in Poland. The U.S. paperback edition debuted at #5 on the New York Times best-seller list (children's paperbacks) and #13 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list.[1]

Holler Loudly,[37] illustrated by Barry Gott,[38] is a humorous tall tale picture book, published in 2010 by Dutton, for ages 4 and up. Holler Loudly was featured at the 2010 Texas Book Festival [39] and was a Dolly Parton's Imagination Library selection.[40]

Blessed[41] is a young adult gothic fantasy novel, published in 2011 by Candlewick Press, for ages 14 and up. Fantasy elements include angels, vampires, and shapeshifters. The novel is a genre bender, employing elements of mystery, suspense, comedy, romance, and Gothic fantasy. It also was published by Walker Books Australia and New Zealand [42] and Walker U.K.[43] Blessed was a YALSA Teens Top 10 nominee.[44]

Tantalize: Kieren's Story,[45] illustrated by Ming Doyle,[46] is a fully illustrated young adult gothic fantasy graphic novel, published in 2011 by Candlewick Press, for ages 14 and up. Fantasy elements include vampires and shapeshifters. The novel is a genre bender, employing elements of mystery, suspense, comedy, romance, and Gothic fantasy. It also was published by Walker Books Australia and New Zealand [47] and Walker U.K.[48]

Diabolical[49] is a young adult gothic fantasy novel, published in 2011 by Candlewick Press, for ages 14 and up. Fantasy elements include angels, ghosts, demons, hell hounds, vampires, and shapeshifters. The novel is a genre bender, employing elements of mystery, suspense, comedy, romance, and Gothic fantasy. It also was published by Walker Books Australia and New Zealand [50] and Walker U.K.[51]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Jingle Dancer (2000)
  • Rain is Not My Indian Name (2001)
  • Indian Shoes (2002)
  • Santa Knows (2006)
  • Tantalize (2007)
  • Eternal (2009)
  • Holler Loudly (2010)
  • Blessed (2011)
  • Tantalize: Kieren's Story (2011)
  • Diabolical (2012)
  • Feral Nights (2013)
  • Eternal: Zachary's Story (2013)
  • Feral Curse (2014)
  • Feral Pride (2015)
  • Hearts Unbroken (2018)

Short stories, essays and poetry[edit]

  • "The Gentleman Cowboy" in Period Pieces: Stories for Girls, published by HarperCollins in 2003, for ages 8 and up.
  • "The Naked Truth" in In My Grandmother's House: Award-Winning Authors tell Stories about their Grandmothers, published by HarperCollins in 2003 for ages 8 and up.
  • "A Real-Live Blonde Cherokee and His Equally Annoyed Soul Mate" in Moccasin Thunder,[52] published by HarperCollins in 2005 for ages 12 and up.
  • "Riding With Rosa" in Cicada literary magazine (Vol. 7, No. 4, March/April 2005) for ages 12 and up.
  • "Haunted Love" in Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, published by BenBella in 2008 for ages 12 and up.
  • "Cat Calls" in Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical,[53] published by Candlewick Press in 2009 for ages 12 and up.
  • "The Wrath of Dawn," co-authored by Greg Leitich Smith in Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, published by Little, Brown in 2009 for ages 12 and up.
  • "Isolation" in Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories, published by HarperCollins in 2011, for ages 13 and up.
  • "Mooning Over Broken Stars" in Girl Meets Boy, published by Chronicle in 2012, for ages 12 and up.
  • "Friends in Dark Places" in Dear Teen Me, published by Zest in 2012 from ages 12 and up.
  • "Cupid's Beaux" in Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, published by Candlewick in 2015 from ages 12 and up.
  • "All's Well" in Violent Ends, published by Simon Pulse in 2015 from ages 12 and up.
  • "Dreams to Write" in Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids, published by Atheneum in 2017 from ages 7 and up.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection » Blog Archive New Vampires in Town » EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection
  2. ^ The Washington Post
  3. ^ "Childhood Education". Questia Online Library. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  4. ^ "Read Across America". NEA. August 14, 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  5. ^ "De beste bron van informatie over digital equity. Deze website is te koop!". Edreform.net. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  6. ^ Young Authors Cafe
  7. ^ "Has Harry lost the magic? / The Christian Science Monitor". CSMonitor.com. November 8, 2002. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  8. ^ "Faculty VCFA". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  9. ^ "About the Author". Cynthia Leitich Smith. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  10. ^ "Jingle Dancer". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  11. ^ CYALR
  12. ^ Oklahoma Center for the Book
  13. ^ Western Writers of America Archived January 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Jingle Dancer, By Cynthia L. Smith , Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright: HarperCollins Children's Books
  15. ^ a b c d "Cynthia Leitich Smith". Children's Literature. Archived from the original on 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  16. ^ "Rain is Not My Indian Name". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  17. ^ The Horn Book Magazine
  18. ^ Oklahoma Center for the Book
  19. ^ "Rain is not my Indian Name Audio". Random House.[dead link]
  20. ^ a b "Indian Shoes". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  21. ^ Penguin USA Archived March 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Author Greg Leitich Smith
  23. ^ http://www.stevebjorkman.com/ Illustrator Steve Bjorkman
  24. ^ Horn Book Magazine Archived June 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Barnes & Noble
  26. ^ Candlewick Press
  27. ^ Random House Audio[dead link]
  28. ^ Walker U.K.
  29. ^ TANTALIZE - Books - Welcome to Walker Books Australia
  30. ^ ::Editions Intervista:: Archived 2011-05-01 at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ [1] Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ 2012 Book Festival | National Book Festival - Library of Congress
  33. ^ Candlewick Press
  34. ^ Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith - Listening Library - Random House Audio
  35. ^ Walker Books - Eternal
  36. ^ ETERNAL - Books - Welcome to Walker Books Australia
  37. ^ Holler Loudly - Books by Cynthia Leitich Smith - Penguin Group (USA)
  38. ^ Illustrator Barry Gott Archived October 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  39. ^ Texas Book Festival - Home
  40. ^ Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - USA, United Kingdom, Canada
  41. ^ Candlewick Press - Catalog
  42. ^ BLESSED - Books - Welcome to Walker Books Australia Archived 2011-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  43. ^ Walker Books - Blessed Archived September 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  44. ^ 2011 Teens' Top Ten | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
  45. ^ Candlewick Press - Catalog
  46. ^ Ming Doyle | comic artist and illustrator
  47. ^ TANTALIZE: KIEREN'S STORY - Books - Welcome to Walker Books Australia
  48. ^ Walker Books - Tantalize: Kieren's Story
  49. ^ Candlewick Press - Catalog
  50. ^ DIABOLICAL - Books - Welcome to Walker Books Australia
  51. ^ Walker Books - Diabolical
  52. ^ HarperCollins
  53. ^ Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical. Editor: Deborah Noyes. Candlewick Press

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