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A Conversation with Patricia McCormick

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Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.

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Episode 57 – A Conversation with Patricia McCormick

While all YA authors focus in some way on the process of young people coming of age, very few do so with the depth and versatility you will find in the novels of Patricia McCormick. Despite the vast differences in topic and setting, each of her books features a young person who somehow finds the strength to transcend suffering – whether in an American mental health facility, a brothel in Nepal, or an army hospital in Iraq. Tune in to hear the story behind her latest novel, Never Fall Down, the harrowing and heartbreaking account of Khmer Rouge survivor Arn Chorn-Pond.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.

Books featured in this episode:

  • Cut (Front Street, 2000)
  • My Brother’s Keeper (Hyperion, 2005)
  • Sold (Hyperion, 2006)
  • Purple Heart (Balzer + Bray, 2009)
  • Never Fall Down (Balzer + Bray, 2012)


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