Bruce Brooks (born
September 23, 1950) is an American authorof young adult and children's literature. He was born in Washington D.C., but spent most of his time growing up in North Carolinaas a result of parents' being divorced. Although divorce is never easy for a child, Brooks credits moving around a lot between the two locations with making him a keen observer of social situations. Switching schools often and having to make new friends evolved his ability to tell good stories. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillin 1972, and the Iowa Writers' Workshopin 1980. Before earning a living as a writer, Brooks had worked as a letterpressoperator and a journalistfor magazinesand newspapers. Brooks has reported a very diverse list of influences, like Charles Dickens, Henry James, P.G. Wodehouseand Raymond Chandler. Brooks has three sons: Alex, 23, Spencer, 15, and Drake, 1. He lives with his wife Ginee Seoin Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The Moves Make the Man" was chosen best book of 1984 by " School Library Journal" (SLJ), notable children's book by the American Library Association(ALA), notable book of the year " New York Times", and won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awardand a Newbery Honorin 1985.
"Midnight Hour Encores" was chosen best book of 1986 by SLJ, a best book for young adults by the ALA, Horn Book Fanfare Honor List book in 1987, teacher's choice by the
National Council of Teachers of Englishthat same year, a young adult choice by the International Reading Associationin 1988, and an ALA Booklist "best of the 1980s" book for young adults.
"No Kidding" was a best book for young adults by the ALA, ALA Booklist young adult editor's choice, a best book by SLJ, and a notable children's trade book in
"Everywhere" was a notable children's book by the ALA, and a best book by SLJ.
*"The Moves Make the Man". New York Harper, 1984
*"Midnight Hour Encores". New York: Harper, 1986
*"No Kidding". New York: Harper, 1989
*"Everywhere". New York: HarperCollins, 1990
*"What Hearts". New York: HarperCollins, 1992
*"Boys Will Be". New York: Holt, 1993
*"Each A Piece". Illus. By
Elena Pavlov. New York: HarperCollins, 1996
*"Asylum for Nightface". New York:
Laura GeringerBook, 1996
*"Throwing Smoke". New York:
Scholastic Inc.Book, 2000
*"All That Remains". New York: Atheneum, 2001
*"Dolores: Seven Stories About Her". New York:
Laura GeringerBook, 2002
*"On the Wing: The Life of Birds from Feathers to Flight". New York: Scribner, 1989
*"Predator". New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1991
*"Nature by Design". New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1991
*"Making Sense: Animal Perception and Communication: Knowing Nature". New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1993
* [http://www.harperchildrens.com/hch/author/features/brooks.asp Bruce Brooks webpage at HarperChildrens.com]
* [http://reading.indiana.edu/ieo/bibs/brooks.html Bruce Brooks] at Indiana University Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication
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