Rita Williams-Garcia

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Rita Williams-Garcia
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Williams-Garcia in 2014.

Rita Williams-Garcia (born 1957) is an American writer of young-adult novels. She won the 2011 Newbery Honor Award,[1] Coretta Scott King Award,[2][3] and Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction[4] for her book, One Crazy Summer. She won the PEN/Norma Klein Award.[5][6] Her book, P.S. Be Eleven, won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2014.[7] In 2016 her book, Gone Crazy in Alabama won the Coretta Scott King Award.


Williams-Garcia was born in Queens, New York. Her father was in the military. She graduated from Hofstra University in 1980, where she studied with Richard Price and Sonya Pilcer. She lives in Jamaica, New York. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.[8]



  1. ^ "Newbery Medal Home Page". Association for Library Service to Children. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Coretta Scott King Book Awards". American Library Association. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Press Releases | News & Press Center". Americanlibrariesmagazine.org. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction". Scott O'Dell Committee. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  5. ^ Rita Williams-Garcia (2010-03-24). "Rita Williams-Garcia from HarperCollins Publishers". Harpercollins.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived August 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ And the Newbery, Caldecott award winners are ..., Ashley Strickland, CNN, January 27, 2014
  8. ^ "In Focus: Rita Williams-Garcia - Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Hofstra University". Hofstra.edu. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 

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