Trudy Krisher

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Trudy Krisher (born 1946) is an American author of young adult novels, children's books, a college textbook, and a scholarly biography. She is a former professor of liberal arts in Dayton, Ohio.

Early life and education[edit]

Krisher was born in Macon, Georgia.[1] Her parents were Whitley Herron Butner and Lois Drane Butner.[1] She graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1968 and received a master's in education from Trenton State College in 1972.[1][2]


Krisher has written young adult novels, children’s picture books, a college textbook, and a scholarly biography.[2]

From 2001 until her retirement Krisher was a professor in the Department of Liberal Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences at Sinclair Community College.[1][2] She was an assistant professor at University of Dayton from 1985 to 2001.[1]

'Spite Fences'(1994)'Kinship (1997),[3] Uncommon Faith (2003), Fallout (2006),[4] and Bark Park (2018)[5] were reviewed by Kirkus. 'Spite Fences' was reviewed by Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. 'Uncommon Faith was reviewed by Publishers Weekly.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1994 Cuffie Award for Most Promising New Author, Publishers Weekly[1]
  • 1994 Miami Valley Cultural Alliance Arts Award[1]
  • 1994 Honor Book selection, Parents' Choice, and Best Book for Young Adults selection, American Library Association[1]
  • 1995 Best Young Adult Novel award, International Reading Association[1]
  • 1995 Jefferson Cup Honor Book, Virginia Library Association[1]
  • 1995 New York Public Library Award[1]
  • 1997 Best Books Award, American Library Association[1]
  • 1997 New York Library Award[1]
  • 1999 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award, Tennessee Association of School Librarians[1]
  • 2004 Best Books Award, American Library Association[1]
  • 2004 Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education[1]
  • 2004 Amelia Bloomer Project honors, City of Austin Youth Services[1]
  • 2004 Culture Works Artists' fellowship[1]
  • 2015 Silver Medal, Independent Publishers Association[7]
  • 2018 Ohioana Award for BARK PARK (Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books)
  • 2018 Angie Karcher Best-in-Rhyme Award


  • Kathy's Hats: A Story of Hope (1992)[8]
  • Spite Fences (1994)[9]
  • Writing for a Reader: Peers, Process, and Progress in the Writing Classroom (1994)[10]
  • Kinship (1997)[11]
  • Uncommon Faith (2003)[12]
  • Fallout (2006)[13]
  • Fanny Seward: a Life[12]
  • An Affectionate Farewell: Old Bob and Old Abe (2015)[14]
  • Bark Park (2018)[15]

Personal life[edit]

Krisher has three children.[1] She is a Unitarian and a Democrat.[1] She lives in Columbus, Ohio.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Trudy Krisher". Retrieved 2020-04-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Trudy Krisher". Ohioana. Retrieved 2020-04-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ KINSHIP | Kirkus Reviews.
  4. ^ FALLOUT | Kirkus Reviews.
  5. ^ BARK PARK! | Kirkus Reviews.
  6. ^ "Uncommon Faith". Retrieved 2020-04-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards Regional & Ebook Results". Independent Publisher - feature. Retrieved 2020-04-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Krisher, Trudy (1992). Kathy's Hats: A Story of Hope. Albert Whitman and Company. ISBN 978-0-8075-4116-6.
  9. ^ Krisher, Trudy (2010-06-16). Spite Fences. Random House Children's Books. ISBN 978-0-307-75495-0.
  10. ^ Krisher, Trudy (1995). Writing for a Reader. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-031170-2.
  11. ^ Krisher, Trudy (2019-10-15). Kinship. Trudybooks. ISBN 978-0-9908703-5-7.
  12. ^ a b Krisher, Trudy (2019-10-15). Uncommon Faith. Trudybooks. ISBN 978-0-9908703-1-9.
  13. ^ Krisher, Trudy (2019-10-15). Fallout. Trudybooks. ISBN 978-0-9908703-7-1.
  14. ^ Krisher, Trudy (2015-04-15). An Affectionate Farewell: The Story of Old Bob and Old Abe. Bunker Hill Publishing, Incorporated. ISBN 978-1-59373-155-7.
  15. ^ Krisher, Trudy (2018-04-03). Bark Park!. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4814-3076-0.

Further reading[edit]

  • Booklist, October 1, 1992, Ilene Cooper, review of Kathy's Hats: A Story of Hope, p. 336; December 1, 1994, Frances Bradburn, review of Spite Fences, p. 666; November 15, 2006, Gillian Engberg, review of Fallout, p. 40.
  • Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 1992. review of Kathy's Hats; December 15, 1994, review of Spite Fences; September 15, 2006, review of Fallout, p. 958.
  • Publishers Weekly, November 14, 1994, review of Spite Fences, p. 70; December 11, 2006, review of Fallout, p. 71.
  • School Library Journal, November, 1994, Margaret Cole, review of Spite Fences, p. 121; October, 2003, Kathleen Isaacs, review of Uncommon Faith, p. 169; November, 2006, Pat Scales, review of Fallout, p. 139.
  • Voice of Youth Advocates, October, 1994, review of Spite Fences, p. 209.