Paul Fleischman's career as a writer was his second choice. In an autobiographical sketch, he wrote, "If only I could write music I'd give up writing books in an instant." Through writing, however, this author has found that he can combine his literary talents with his love of music—he is challenged by the sound of words. Fleischman reports that he spends more time tinkering with the harmony of the sounds involved in composing a story than with figuring out the sense of it. For his recognition of the importance of a story's sound "shape," he gives credit to the many pleasurable hours spent during his childhood listening to his father, author Sid Fleischman, read drafts of his writings.
Paul Fleischman's works include poetry, picture books, short stories, and novellas for young people. The success of his books confirms that his attention to the sound and sense of his writing, whether poems, historical fiction, or fantasy, is appreciated. In addition to the prestigious Newbery Award for Joyful Noise, Graven Images was a 1983 Newbery Honor Book; Path of the Pale Horse was a 1983 Golden Kite Award Honor Book; and The Half-a-Moon Inn was a 1981 Golden Kite Award Honor Book and received the 1980 Commonwealth Club of California Award.
This author has spent most of his life in California. He was born September 5, 1952, in Monterey, brought up in Santa Monica, and now lives in Pacific Grove. He attended the University of...
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