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Ray, Delia

Comments from the author about writing:
All of my ideas in writing for middle grade readers (ages 10 to 14) have been inspired by bits and pieces from history--old letters, newspaper articles, or historical photographs. In my presentations for young readers, I try to bring fascinating pieces of history alive by showing the trail of primary sources that I've followed to create my stories.

Literary awards received and date received:

Ghost Girl

    • 2004 Society of School Librarians International Book Award

    • Nominated for the Children's Choice Award in seven states: Virginia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Kansas, Indiana and Missouri

Singing Hands

    • A Book Sense Summer 2006 Children's Pick

    • A Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year (2006)

    • An NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (2006)

Here Lies Linc

  • 2011 Junior Library Guild selection

Book Types: Fiction, Nonfiction

Audience Types: Children, Young Adult

Genres: Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? Yes

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County: Johnson

Books By This Author

  • A Nation Torn: The Story of How the Civil War Began, EP Dutton/Lodestar Books, NY, NY, 1990.

  • Behind the Blue and Gray: The Soldier's Life in the Civil War, EP Dutton/Lodestar Books, NY, NY, 1991.

  • Ghost Girl: A Blue Ridge Mountain Story, Clarion Books (Division of Houghton Mifflin), NY, NY, 2003.

  • Singing Hands, Clarion Books (A Division of Houghton Mifflin), NY, NY, 2006.

  • Here Lies Linc. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (a division of Random House), NY, NY, 2011.

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