Linda Sue Park is an award-winning, best-selling author of books for children and young people. Although the audiences for her novels are young, the stories are sophicated in depth of feeling and situation. She won the 2002 Newbery Medal for A Single Shard and her book A Long Walk to Water became a New York Times bestseller.
Park was born in Urbana, Illinois, and grew up outside Chicago. She is the daughter of Korean immigrants and has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old.
Seesaw Girl, her first book, describes a girl's attempt to enlarge her life in 17th century Korea. Many other books have followed this one, including: When My Name was Keoko, The Kite Fighters, Keeping Score, Bee-Bim Bop! and Tap Dancing on the Roof.
Park had a poem published when she was nine and was paid a whole dollar for it. Today she writes full time and lives in western New York with her husband.
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