Currently alive, at 86 years of age.
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1932 – She was born on the 31st day of October to missionary parents in China. She graduated with a degree in English from King College in Bristol, Tennessee. She then spent a year at a rural school in Virginia before going to graduate school.
1976 – Her first novel was written while taking an adult education course in creative writing. Her awards include the National Book Award for “Master Puppeteer.”
1979 – Followed by The Great Gilly Hopkins.
1980 – She wrote Jacob Have I Loved, this year, and made a numerous number of novels.
1991 –It took nine years before for her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum, was published.
1996 – She wrote “Jip, His Story.” Katherine Paterson is also the vice-president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. She has won many prestigious awards for her books. She recently was the recipient of the Scott O’Dell Award. She and her husband John who is a Presbyterian pastor live in Barre, Vermont.