Nancy Farmer

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Nancy Farmer (born July 1941) is an American author of children's and young-adult books and science fiction. She has written three Newbery Honor Books[1] and she won the U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature for The House of the Scorpion, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2002.[2]

Farmer was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her B.A. at Reed College (1963) and later studied chemistry and entomology at the University of California, Berkeley.[3] She enlisted in the Peace Corps (1963–1965), and subsequently worked in Mozambique and Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), where she studied biological methods of controlling the tsetse fly between 1975–1978.[3] She met her future husband, Harold Farmer, at the University of Rhodesia. After a week-long courtship, the two were married. Farmer currently lives in the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona with her husband; they have one son, Daniel.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

The Sea of Trolls trilogy[edit]

Picture books[edit]

  • Runnery Granary, illus. Jos. A. Smith (Greenwillow Books, 1996) – A Mystery Must Be Solved—Or the Grain is Lost!
  • Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb, illus. James Bernardin (New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books, 1999)
  • Clever Ali, illus. Gail De Marcken (Orchard, 2006)

Short stories[edit]

Awards[edit]

"The Mirror" (1987)

The Ear, the Eye and the Arm (1994)

A Girl Named Disaster (1996)

The House of the Scorpion (2002)

The Land of the Silver Apples (2007)

  • 2007, Emperor Norton Award ("extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason")[7]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". Association for Library Service to Children. (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  2. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 2002". National Book Foundation (NBF). Retrieved 2012-01-26.
    (With acceptance speech by Farmer and introduction by panelist Han Nolan, who remarked: "this year perhaps more than any other year obliterated any boundaries left between the young adult and adult novel.")
  3. ^ a b Farmer, "Bio" (no date).
  4. ^ Farmer, "Moving" (June 17, 2010).
  5. ^ "The eye, the ear, and the arm" (1989 printing). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2013-11-23. Catalog records show The Eye ..., 1989, 160 pages; The Ear ..., 1994, 311 pages.
  6. ^ Farmer, "Home" (2013).
  7. ^ a b c d "Nancy Farmer". Science Fiction Awards Database (sfadb.com). Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
  8. ^ "National Book Awards – 1996". NBF. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  • Farmer. Nancy Farmer's official home page (nancyfarmerwebsite.com). 2008–present. Retrieved 2013-11-23.

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