About Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is best known as an award-winning, bestselling author of fantastical and realistic fiction for young readers.

She is the New York Times best-selling YA author of HEARTS UNBROKEN and both the FERAL trilogy and TANTALIZE series. These novels were released by Candlewick Press in the U.S., Walker Books in the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand, and additional publishers around the globe.

She also is the author of several award-winning children’s books,

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Writing Life

(Or… Why’d You Go to Law School Anyway?)

It’s not a bad question.

I’ve wondered once or twice myself.

After all, the experience did result in a decent amount of stress, lost sleep, and about seventy thousand dollars in student debt (though I did meet some of my best friends and learned I could compete academically on a national level).

At the time, I’d planned to become a legal reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper.

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Awards & Honors

for Jingle Dancer

  • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich SmithNotable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and a Selector’s Choice for 2001
  • Named to the 2001 2 x 2 Reading List of twenty books recommended for children ages two through second grade by the Texas Library Association
  • Finalist, children’s/YA division, the Oklahoma Book Awards
  • Runner-up for the Storyteller Award from the Western Writers of America
  • Named a CCBC Choice for 2001
  • NEA Native American Book List
  • Featured in “Debuts That Deliver”

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About the Author: Long Version

At the Illumine Award Banquet

Cynthia Leitich Smith is best known as an author of fantastical and realistic fiction for young readers.

Her latest YA novel, HEARTS UNBROKEN, was named to ALA YALSA’s Amelia Bloomer list and the 2018 Foreword Reviews Book Award Silver Medalist in Young Adult Fiction, among other honors.

She is also the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling YA author of the award-winning FERAL series,

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Teacher Guides for Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Books

Reading Group Guide for Blessed

Blessed

BLESSED (Candlewick, 2011).

About BLESSED

Reading Group Guide: Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith: features introduction; excerpt; discussion questions; author biography; author interview; and acclaim. Quick-print format.

Reading Group Guide for Eternal

EternalETERNAL (Candlewick, 2008, 2010).

About ETERNAL

Reading Group Guide: Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith: features introduction;

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