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Read for Your Life #5

Read for Your Life #5

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Read for Your Life #5

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26 страниц
18 минут
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15 сент. 2010 г.
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9780547501789
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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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15 сент. 2010 г.
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9780547501789
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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 #5 - Katherine Paterson

Read for Your Life

Katherine Paterson


Speeches & Writings of

KATHERINE PATERSON

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature


Clarion Books * Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * Boston New York


Contents

The Invisible Child

CHARLOTTE ZOLOTOW LECTURE

1

The Invisible Child

CHARLOTTE ZOLOTOW LECTURE

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

October 1999

Some years ago in some city at some convention or other—the place and time and occasion have gone into some irretrievable file in my cluttered brain—I was having a very pleasant dinner in a restaurant far from the madding crowd. There were only five or six of us at the table, all the rest of whom worked, as I recall, for Harper Junior Books. Charlotte Zolotow, the publisher of Harper Junior Books at the time, was our hostess. It was an outside table on a pedestrian mall where in the summer evening we were having a lovely, quiet time, but, finally, the delightful meal was eaten, the coffee drunk, the bill paid, and it was time to leave. Reluctantly, we got up and, because we hated for the evening to come to an end, we began to stroll down the mall together.

Suddenly we heard a male voice shouting behind us. We turned to see the tall young waiter from the restaurant running to catch up with us. We were puzzled. Had there been some mistake in paying the bill—or perhaps one of us had left a purse behind? He was out of breath from the chase, but as soon as he could speak, he addressed Charlotte: I am a graduate student at the university. I've been working my way through the program by waiting on tables. Tonight is my last night because tomorrow I'll get my degree. I just needed to say to you, that in all my time here, you are the first person who has treated me like a human being. I wanted to thank you for that.

Charlotte acknowledged this compliment in her characteristically warm manner, but after he had started back toward the restaurant she expressed amazement

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