OVERRIDE

Kathleen Karr

I was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and grew up on a chicken farm in Dorothy, New Jersey. After escaping to college, I worked in the film industry, and also taught in high school and college. I began writing fiction seriously on a dare from my husband and sold five novels for the women's fiction market before my children asked me to write a book for them (It Ain't Always Easy, 1990). I discovered that I loved writing children's fiction, and haven't looked back. It's a pleasure to be able to invent my own worlds. Watching a character come alive – become real flesh and blood and take the reins of a story in hand – is an exhilarating experience. It's also hard work, especially since historical settings are my special place. How lucky that I feel quite comfortable in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries!
My personal challenge is to try to re-create specific periods, with their unique ambience and language patterns. Short of inventing a time machine, this is my way of reentering the past. It's my way of showing my readers that while events may change, the nature of human beings is fairly constant. Courage and common decency against difficult odds have always existed.
Where do my ideas come from? I've always loved to read and to travel. Over the years, my family and I have visited nearly every state in our country. We've investigated Europe, walked the walls of old Jerusalem, sailed up the Nile, and gone by dugout canoe through the rain forests o

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The Boxer

Kathleen Karr

Hard-hitting historical fictionEver since his father ran off two years before, fifteen-year-old Johnny Woods has struggled to help support his ma and five siblings, sacrificing his...

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The Great Turkey Walk

Kathleen Karr

Yeeeeeee-haw! Git along, little . . . turkeys?Big, brawny Simon Green, who's just completed third grade (for the fourth time), may not be book smart, but he's nobody's fool. When...

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