Will Weaver

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Last Updated on May 12, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 168

Will Weaver was born and raised in Minnesota, and his home state provides the background for the majority of his stories. He writes in a rich, descriptive tone that voices a deep understanding of the physical landscape he describes.

Weaver has written several young adult novels about Billy Baggs, the central character in Farm Team. The first, Striking Out, was selected as an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults in 1994. Again in 1996, Weaver won the ALA Best Book for Young Adults award for Farm Team, which also won the IRA Distinguished Book Award for Young Adults.

Before writing the Billy Baggs series, Weaver published two adult novels, Red Earth/White Earth and Gravestone Made of Wheat, a collection of stories written for the Greywolf Short Fiction Series. For these stories, Weaver garnered both the McKnight and Bush foundations' prizes for fiction.

Weaver lives with his wife and two children in the small town of Bemidji, Minnesota. He teaches English and creative writing at Bemidji State University.

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