Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith is the author of nine award-winning books for young people, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl,—a World War II adventure the Washington Post named a best book of the year. Her middle grade historical fantasy The Toymaker’s Apprentice, and her contemporary YA noir mystery, Pasadena, are both winners of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Award. Her nonfiction book Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? is part of the NY Times bestselling Who Was? series. Her novels appear on multiple state reading lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer, Junior Library Guild, Children's Book Council, and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections. She is also the recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation Award and the University of Kansas Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award. Sherri was a judge for the 2014 National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature and has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, the Wellstone Center, and Wassard Elea. She’s worked in comic books (The Simpsons, James Cameron's AVATAR), animation (Disney, Tim Burton) construction (at LAX!), and make up special effects (Grimm). Sherri currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Goddard College and the MFA in Children’s Writing Program at Hamline University. She returns to World War II with her newest novel, The Blossom and the Firefly, which tells the moving story of two Japanese teens— one a kamikaze pilot, the other a schoolgirl who serves on the base from which he will fly his final mission. Learn more at
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