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Read for Your Life #3

Read for Your Life #3

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Read for Your Life #3

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25 страниц
14 минут
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1 сент. 2010 г.
ISBN:
9780547482712
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is publishing a monthly series of e-only essays to correspond with Katherine Paterson’s two-year term as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The subjects of the essays include: writing and literature for young people, the wonder and imagination found within great books, common questions novice writers ask, and Katherine’s own personal experiences throughout her historic career.
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1 сент. 2010 г.
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9780547482712
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Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.


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Read for Your Life #3 - Katherine Paterson

Paterson


National Ambassador for Young People's Literature


Clarion Books * Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * Boston New York


Contents

Fellow Travelers

VERMONT COLLEGE INAUGURAL CELEBRATION

1

Building Bridget

ADAPTED FROM SEVERAL OF

KATHERINE PATERSON'S SPEECHES

12

Fellow Travelers

VERMONT COLLEGE INAUGURAL CELEBRATION

PRINTED IN HUNGER MOUNTAIN REVIEW 2009

October 3, 2008

I'M a storyteller, so tonight I'm going to be telling you stories. I'll begin with a very old one. Legend has it that Alexander the Great, fresh from his conquest of Persia, began a march eastward toward the fabled treasures of India. His army fought their way through what is now Afghanistan and Pakistan, moving through the mountain passage in the Hindu Kush into India proper, across the Indus River and the plains, and beyond even the Ganges River, when suddenly, one day his men looked up and saw before them a gigantic wall of snowcapped mountains blocking their path. They consulted their maps. There must be some mistake. There were no mountains on this route. Slowly it dawned on them. They had marched right off the map.

Now, whatever you may think of Alexander the Great, it takes a great deal of courage to march off the map. So as we celebrate tonight the Vermont College of Fine Arts, this unbelievable achievement in which we take such great pride, I want once again to celebrate Tom Greene and Bill Kaplan, who scarcely two years ago were just two guys with cell phones and the courage, or perhaps we should say audacity, to march off the map, leading us to where we are on this beautiful autumn evening in Vermont.

Recently my husband and I bought a GPS system because I don't like traveling into the unknown without a map. But somehow, once I had met these two intrepid explorers, I wrapped my doubts and fears in a kerchief, threw it over my shoulder, and, in the company of a great faculty and staff and a growing band of terrific fellow board members, marched off into uncharted

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