Gudrun Pausewang

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Gudrun Pausewang
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Born (1928-03-03) 3 March 1928 (age 90)
Mladkov, Czechoslovakia
Pen nameGudrun Wilcke
OccupationNovelist, educator
GenreScience fiction, children's, young adults
Notable worksThe Last Children of Schewenborn
Die Wolke
Dark Hours
Notable awardsDeutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
Deutscher Science Fiction Preis
Years active1958–2015

Gudrun Pausewang (born 3 March 1928) is a German writer for children and teens. She is also noted in science fiction for young adult novels such as The Last Children of Schewenborn.


Pausewang was born in Mladkov, 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.[1] 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.

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