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Gary D. Schmidt - Author

About the Author

Gary D. Schmidt is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books and one Printz Honor award. He lives on a farm in Michigan and has six children. He is a Professor of English at Calvin College.

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So Tall Within Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom

So Tall Within Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2018

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. So Tall Within traces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans. Her story is told with lyricism and pathos by Gary D. Schmidt, one of the most celebrated writers for children in the twenty-first century, and brought to life by award winning and fine artist Daniel Minter. This combination of talent is just right for introducing this legendary figure to a new generation of children.

Making Americans Children's Literature from 1930 to 1960

Making Americans Children's Literature from 1930 to 1960

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2013

American children need books that draw on their own history and circumstances, not just the classic European fairy tales. They need books that enlist them in the great democratic experiment that is the United States. These were the beliefs of many of the authors, illustrators, editors, librarians, and teachers who expanded and transformed children's book publishing between the 1930s and the 1960s. Although some later critics have argued that the books published in this era offered a vision of a safe, secure, simple world without injustice or unhappy endings, Gary D. Schmidt shows that the progressive political agenda shared by many Americans who wrote, illustrated, published, and taught children's books had a powerful effect. Authors like James Daugherty, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lois Lenski, Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire, Virginia Lee Burton, Robert McCloskey, and many others addressed directly and indirectly the major social issues of a turbulent time: racism, immigration and assimilation, sexism, poverty, the Great Depression, World War II, the atomic bomb, and the threat of a global cold war. The central concern that many children's book authors and illustrators wrestled with was the meaning of America and democracy itself, especially the tension between individual freedoms and community ties. That process produced a flood of books focused on the American experience and intent on defining it in terms of progress toward inclusivity and social justice. Again and again, children's books addressed racial discrimination and segregation, gender roles, class differences, the fate of Native Americans, immigration and assimilation, war, and the role of the United States in the world. Fiction and nonfiction for children urged them to see these issues as theirs to understand, and in some ways, theirs to resolve. Making Americans is a study of a time when the authors and illustrators of children's books consciously set their eyes on national and international sights, with the hope of bringing the next generation into a sense of full citizenship.

Acceptable Words Prayers for the Writer

Acceptable Words Prayers for the Writer

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2012

Okay for Now

Okay for Now

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2011

';The Dump' is what Doug Swieteck calls his new home in upstate New York. He lands there in the summer of 1968, when the Apollo space missions are under way, Joe Pepitone is slugging for the New York Yankees, and the Vietnam War is raging. At home he lives with a father who has lost his way and a brother accused of robbery. And Doug's oldest brother is returning from Vietnam. Who knows what wounds his missions have given him? But Doug has his own mission, too, and it begins when he first sees the plates of John James Audubon's Birds of America at the local library. His mission will lead him to Lil Spicer, who shows him how to drink a really cold Coke, to Mrs. Windermere, who drags him to a theater opening, and to the customers of his Saturday grocery deliveries, who together will open a world as strange to him as the lunar landscape.Swieteck, who first appeared in Gary D. Schmidt's Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars, will discover the transforming power of art over disaster in a story about creativity and loss, love and recovery, and survival.

Trouble

Trouble

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2010

When Henry Smith's older brother goes into a coma after being hit by a Cambodian boy's pickup truck, the entire Smith family is engulfed in the tragedy. It takes a mountain, which Henry vows to climb, to open the eyes of this long-established Yankee family to their own prejudices and to an awareness that they can never insulate themselves against trouble.

First Boy

First Boy

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Mr. Heavy Legs walked past Cooper and got into the jeep. He turned on the ignition and backed up to Cooper. He handed him a card with a single phone number on it. ';I'm not forcing you to come, kid. Not yet. But things are going to start happening fast. Very fast. Call if you want me. And one thing more: Next time I see you, I won't be asking you to come.'';Do you know what happened to my father?'';Of course I do,' said Mr. Heavy Legs.Then he drove away.';You're my first boy, Cooper, my first boy,' his grandfather tells him just before he dies. Now, 14-year-old Cooper Jewett has no one, not even a dog to keep him company. The only thing that keeps him goingis looking after the dairy farm.All of a sudden, strangeand inexplicable things begin to happen. Big men in suits with black sedans are all over Cooper's small New Hampshire town. The President of theUnited States invites Cooper for a chat at her headquarters. Her opponent insists that Cooper join him on his campaign. Cooper's house is searched at night, and his barn is burned down. His neighbors, even the sheriff, are behaving strangely. Why?

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then he befriends smart and lively Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves. Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast from digging clams to rowing a boat next to a whale. When the powerful town elders, including Turners father, decide to drive the people off the island to set up a tourist business, Turner stands alone against them. He and Lizzie try to save her community, but theres a terrible price to pay for going against the tide.From the Trade Paperback edition.

William Bradford

William Bradford

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2002

Tells the story of Bradford who established Plymouth colony and was re-elected as its governor more than thirty times.

The Blessing of the Lord Stories from the Old and New Testaments

The Blessing of the Lord Stories from the Old and New Testaments

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/1997

Retells twenty-five Bible stories, exploring the point of view of the characters in each story.

Communities of Discourse The Rhetoric of Disciplines

Communities of Discourse The Rhetoric of Disciplines

Author: Gary D. Schmidt, William J. Vande Kopple Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/1993

This collection of essays drawn from five different disciplines - history, the arts, philosophy, science, and social science - represents the kinds of writing that have characterized each discourse community, and illustrates both the clashes and agreements within those communities about the nature of effective writing.

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