Eve Bunting is one of the most prolific and versatile writers of children's literature today. Although she did not begin writing until she was in her forties, she has since written more than one hundred books that span the spectrum from preschool to young adult. Her young adult books address sensitive contemporary issues such as alcoholism, sexual relationships, and teenage suicide in a way that makes the situations plausible. Frequently hidden within her story lines are covert messages of traditional morality.
Bunting was born Anne Evelyn Bolton in 1928 in Maghera, County Derry, Northern Ireland, where her parents were also born. Her father was a postmaster and merchant and was regarded as well-to-do by village standards. She was sent to boarding school in Belfast at the age of nine and there developed a lifelong love of books and reading. She graduated from Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and continued her studies for two years at Queens University. At Queens she met Edward Bunting, whom she married in 1951. In 1960 Bunting, her husband, and their three children, two sons and one daughter, uprooted and moved to the United States. They settled first in San Francisco but later moved to Pasadena, California, where they continue to live.
Bunting's career as a writer began when her children were in high school and college, and she enrolled in a writing course at a local college. She learned during the class that Ginn Publishing Company was...
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