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    Gary D. Schmidt

    Gary D. Schmidt is the author of more than fifteen books for children and young adults, including The Wednesday Wars, a 2008 Newbery Honor Award winner, and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, which won a Newbery Honor award and a Michael L. Printz Honor award in 2005. His novel, Trouble, came out in spring 2008, and Okay for Now in 2012—becoming a National Book Award Finalist. In God’s Hands, a picture book co-authored with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, was a runner-up for the 2005 National Jewish Book Award. His most recent picture book is The Rose in the Desert:  The Story of Martin de Porres. 

    In addition to multiple “Best Book” lists, his work has been given a Horn Book Honor award and a Blue Ribbon award by the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books. He has also authored or co-authored numerous textbooks, scholarly and academic books (including biographies of Katherine Paterson and Robert McCloskey), articles, and book reviews.

    In 1985 he received his Ph.D. in medieval languages and literature from the University of Illinois. He is a professor in the English department at Calvin College and lives on a farm in Alto, Michigan, with his wife and six children. Gary is currently working on a companion to The Wednesday Wars, and is looking forward to this fall’s publication of his first fantasy, What Came from the Stars

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  • Accomplishments

    •  The Children's Theatre Company presents an evening with MFAC Faculty Gary Schmidt, including stories and a preview of a wonderful new play, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. Wednesday, February 8, 7 pm. Get your tickets now! The play runs March 13 - April 8.
    • January 2, 2012
      National Book Awards
      Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now nominated for a National Book Award
    • MFAC faculty book lists
      Two faculty members in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program are being recognized for the high quality of their work. Gary Schmidt's new novel, Okay for Now, has been named a National Book Award finalist and leads the list of Amazon's Best Books of 2011 for middle-grade readers. Also on this top-ten list is faculty member Anne Ursu's novel, Breadcrumbs.
    • The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) nominates MFAC faculty Ron Koertge and Gary Schmidt, MFA alum Geoff Herbach for best fiction.
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    Okay for Now
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    The Wednesday Wars
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    Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
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    Straw Into Gold
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    Anson's Way
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