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Susan Patron

Biography

Susan Patron

Susan Patron specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY was awarded the John Newbery Medal. As the library's Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager, she trained and mentored children's librarians in 72 branches. Patron has served on many book award committees, including the Caldecott and Laura Ingalls Wilder Committees of the American Library Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Patron's previous books for children include the Billy Que trilogy of picture books; DARK CLOUD STRONG BREEZE; and a chapter book, MAYBE YES, MAYBE NO, MAYBE MAYBE. All earned starred reviews, and the latter was named an ALA Notable book. THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCK will be translated into twelve foreign languages and has been optioned for a motion picture. Married to a rare book restorer from the Champagne region of France, Susan is working on the final book in the "Lucky" trilogy.

Susan Patron

Books by Susan Patron

by Susan Patron - Children's, Historical Fiction

Growing up in the wild gold-mining town of Bodie, California, in the 1880s, Angeline Reddy has seen it all --- saloons, brawls, and a whole lot of desperation. When her father, Bodie's greatest lawyer, is declared murdered, Angie knows deep in her heart that he isn't dead and decides it is up to her to solve the mystery of what happened to him.

by Susan Patron

Eleven-year-old Lucky adores Miles—a cookie fiend, genius, and the closest she’s got to a little brother. But when Miles’s mother returns to Hard Pan, Lucky finds herself with a tricky, challenging moral dilemma and no idea what to do about it. This final book in the Lucky trilogy continues to explore the vast rocky landscape of the human heart.

written by Susan Patron, illustrated by Matt Phelan