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Friday, June 24, 2016

Stories of 'normalcy' in turbulent times

“I loved to read, and if I could've been a professional reader, that's probably what I would've wanted to be!“ – Kathryn Lasky

Perhaps best-known for her very interesting “Diaries” writing style – where she builds a story around what is supposedly the diary of her protagonist – Kathryn Lasky was born on this date in 1944 and grew up in Indianapolis.  Her awards include the 2011 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature, but she’s also a noted writer of adult literature.  Her writing, she said, is often triggered by both current events and a “What if?” mentality.

Lasky said she can read a newspaper article, and it might trigger something else in her mind, and she likes to choose historical fiction things or subject matter that she feels haven’t always been given a fair shake in history.    “I treat all my characters  
 as if they were real, and I am scrupulous about the details of their lives,” she said. 
“When I was growing up I loved reading historical fiction, but too often it was about males; or, if it was about females, they were girls who were going to grow up to be famous like Betsy Ross, Clara Barton, or Harriet Tubman. No one ever wrote about plain, normal, everyday girls. I always wondered what it was like to be just a normal kid growing up in trying times or during a great moment in history.”

“Whether you are a 12-year-old princess or a 12-year-old regular kid, you need to know you are loved and respected.”

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