Bruce Brooks

Bruce Brooks (born September 23, 1950) is an American author of young adult and children's literature. He was born in Washington D.C., but spent most of his time growing up in North Carolina as 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 Hill in 1972, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1980. Before earning a living as a writer, Brooks had worked as a letterpress operator and a journalist for magazines and newspapers. Brooks has reported a very diverse list of influences, like Charles Dickens, Henry James, P.G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler. Brooks has three sons: Alex, 23, Spencer, 15, and Drake, 1. He lives with his wife Ginee Seo in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Acclaim

"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 Award and a Newbery Honor in 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 English that same year, a young adult choice by the International Reading Association in 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 social studies.

"Everywhere" was a notable children's book by the ALA, and a best book by SLJ.

Works

Fiction

*"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 Geringer Book, 1996
*"Throwing Smoke". New York: Scholastic Inc. Book, 2000
*"All That Remains". New York: Atheneum, 2001
*"Dolores: Seven Stories About Her". New York: Laura Geringer Book, 2002

Nonfiction

*"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

External links

* [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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