Paula Fox was born in New York City in 1923. Her mother rejected her at birth and she was rescued from an orphanage by her grandmother, who raised her around Florida, Cuba, and other parts of the United States. She attended Columbia University, and worked as a teacher and tutor until starting a career as a writer in her forties. For her work, she won the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1978, the 1974 Newbery Medal for her novel The Slave Dancer; a 1983 National Book Award in Children’s Fiction for A Place Apart; and the 2008 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for A Portrait of Ivan in its German-language edition, Ein Bild von Ivan. In 2011 Fox was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.
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