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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Paterson Narrator: Laurie Birmingham Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781490658131
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From her childhood in China to the moment she won her first National Book Award, literary icon Katherine Paterson shares the personal stories that inspired her children’s books.

Told with her trademark humor and heart, Paterson’s tales reveal details about her life from her childhood with missionary parents, to living as a single woman in Japan, to raising four children in suburban Maryland with her minister husband. Read about the origins of such familiar characters as Leslie Burke and Janice Avery from Bridge to Terabithia, and go behind the scenes to the moments Katherine found out she won her many awards.

Filled with personal photos and letters, this funny, heartwarming history from a legendary writer lets fans in on the making of literary classics.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What absolutely shines through is Paterson’s warm, self-effacing humor and the extraordinary humility of a writer who has won two National Book Awards, two Newbery Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Like Mark Twain, to whom she is distantly related, Paterson is a true American treasure.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Not shaped as a memoir with a cohesive narrative, the stories read more as valentines to family, friends and readers…Despite the accolades, her voice is chatty and engaged, with not a hint of literary hauteur. Paterson’s legions of fans, young and old, will welcome this peek into her life and process.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This set of personal tales offers the same openness and vibrant detail that helped Paterson garner Newbery Medals and National Book Awards.”

    School Library Journal

  • "[Paterson’s] sense of humor and her adventurous spirit shining through the narrative.”


  • “A highly recommended read for Paterson fans, or anyone who delights in children’s literature.”


  • “Laurie Birmingham gives voice to beloved and highly lauded children’s author Katherine Paterson…Birmingham strikes a balance between Paterson’s warmth and her matter-of-factness as she recounts memories both extraordinary and mundane. As narrator, Birmingham’s air of nostalgia makes it easy to forget that she’s not the author herself…Birmingham’s thoughtful performance is sure to be valued by the author’s devoted readers.”


  • A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Pick for 2015
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About the Author
Author Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including two National Book Awards and two Newbery Medals. An active promoter of reading and literacy, she lives with her husband in Barre, Vermont. They have four grown children.

About the Narrator

Laurie Birmingham is an experienced stage actress. She has appeared in many theaters around the country, and has recently returned to the Milwaukee Rep. Laurie lives with her rescue dog, Odi, in Milwaukee.