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Helen Recorvits

Helen Recorvits
Yoon Kim

I grew up in a small city much like the town in Goodbye, Walter Malinski. My grandparents were immigrants from Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine, and my parents were children during the Depression years. Determination and hope got them through those difficult times. Even though they experienced many hardships, they always found something to smile about.I remember my mother reading to me when I was two years old. My favorite book was about Cinderella. She wore a beautiful pink-and-white gown that looked like a great big birthday cake. I began writing my own stories and sharing them with my cousins when I was eight years old. When I was a teenager, I wrote a weekly column for a local newspaper. Later, I graduated from Rhode Island College with degrees in education and psychology.Today I live with my husband in the peaceful, woodsy town of Glocester, Rhode Island. I have two grown sons, and I am a second-grade teacher. I love reading and writing stories about interesting characters -- people trying to find their place in life, people with hope in their hearts.

My Name Is Yoon

Helen Recorvits; Pictures by Gabi Swiatkowska
Square Fish
Square Fish

Getting to feel at home in a new country

Yoon's name means "shining wisdom," and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she...

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Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

Helen Recorvits; Pictures by Gabi Swiatkowska
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

It is Yoon's birthday and all she wants is a jump rope so she can play with the other girls in the school yard. Instead, Yoon's mother gives her a Korean storybook about a silly girl who is tricked...

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Where Heroes Hide

Helen Recorvits
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

"Recorvits recreates a slice of bouhood in the summer of 1956, twining themes of friendship, family loyalty and heroism around a series of escapades . . . a solid period piece." --Publishers Weekly

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Goodbye, Walter Malinski

Helen Recorvits; Black-and-white pictures by Lloyd Bloom
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

"Wanda, an observant and perceptive fifth grader, gives readers a first-hand account of the effects of powerlessness and grinding poverty on everyday life and family."-School Library Journal.

"Recorvits makes a poised and confident debut with this bittersweet Depression-era tale of a Polish immigrant family."-Starred/Publishers Weekly

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