Haemi Balgassi

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Haemi Balgassi
Born 1967
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Author
Nationality Korean American
Genre Children's literature, Young adult literature

Haemi Balgassi (born 1967) is a Korean American writer. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Western Massachusetts.

Her stories, articles, essays, and poetry have been published in numerous publications, including Cicada,[1] Hopscotch, Liquorian, Complete Woman, romance magazines, and literary journals. Balgassi was one of 45 authors and illustrators featured in Children's Authors and Illustrators Too Good to Miss, a reference book by Sharron L. McElmeel.

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Balgassi's chapter book, Peacebound Trains (illustrated by the award-winning Chris Soentpiet), was named a Smithsonian (magazine) Notable Children's Book, International Reading Association Notable Book for a Global Society, San Francisco Chronicle Best Children's Book, Society of Illustrators Gold Medalist, National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists. Peacebound Trains was featured on the United States of America Korean War Commemoration site, complete with a Teacher Activity Guide.[2] It is the only book to receive this honor. In 2014, NPR included "All Aboard! A Reading List for the Rails.[3] The book's publisher is Clarion Books, a Houghton Mifflin imprint.

Balgassi's middle-grade novel, Tae's Sonata, is also under the publishing umbrella of Clarion Books. Tae's Sonata was named a National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, an American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists, and nominated for the Maine Student Book Award.[4] The novel won the 2000 Lamplighter Classic Award.[5] Bank Street College honored Best Children's Book.[6] Children's 2006, Hampton-Brown,[7] a branch of National Geographic School Publishing,[8] selected Tae's Sonata for its inZone Books collection.

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