Gudrun Pausewang was born in Eastern Bohemia of German ancestry. After World War II her family settled in the former West Germany. She later became a teacher and taught in Germany's foreign school services in South America. She has won several awards including the Bundesverdienstkreuz "Federal Cross of Merit"). She has written 86 novels; many of them touch on the Third World and environmental concerns.
In 1988, her novel Die Wolke (The Cloud) won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis ("German Youth Literature Prize"), the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis ("Kurd Lasswitz Prize"), and the Deutscher Science Fiction Preis ("German Science Fiction Prize") for Best Novel.
Her novel Dark Hours was included in the New York Public Library’s 2007 list of Books for the Teen Age Reader, and the Texas Library Association's 2007-2008 Tayshas High School Reading List, and received the Silver Medal in Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Books in English
- The Final Journey, translated by Patricia Crampton, published by Viking and Puffin Books.
- Traitor, translated by Rachel Ward, published by Lerner Publishing Group.
- Dark Hours, translated by John Brownjohn, published in America through Annick Press.
- Gudrun Pausewang: Manna
- TES magazine (Children's books; Arts) "What Alice discovered" Interview with Gudrun Pausewang
- Bites: Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang
- The Children's War: Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang, translated by Rachel Ward
- The Children's War: Dark Hours by Gudrun Pausewang, translated by John Brownjohn
- Gudrun Pausewang at Library of Congress Authorities, with 47 catalogue records
- Gudrun Wilcke at LC Authorities, 2 records
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