Happy 90th, Gloria Skurzynski! (Co-author of juvenile National Parks My
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The author of more than 50 children's books and the winner of four
American Library Association awards, she was born in Duquesne,
Pennsylvania and now lives in Boise, Idaho.
Besides the "National Parks Mystery" series with her daughter, Alane
Ferguson, she's known for historical novels, her "Mountain West Adventure" series, and, after 1995, her "Virtual War Chronologs" series.
...Her first widely-acclaimed novel, What Happened in
Hamelin (1979), concerns the classic pied piper folktale of Hamelin,
Germany from the 13th Century, here told from the perspective of a
former baker’s assistant named Geist and how he becomes the pied
piper’s apprentice...With her interests in
science and technology as well, Skurzynski has produced nonfiction
books like Bionic Parts for People: The Real Story of Artificial
Organs and Replacement Parts (1978) and Almost the Real Thing:
Simulation in Your High-Tech World (1991). Her science fiction works
includes novels like Cyberstorm (1995) and Virtual War (1997). Her
latest nonfiction book, Are We Alone?: Scientists Search for Life in
Space (2004), discusses the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
(or SETI) program...
On her brochure for author visits, Gloria Skurzynski quotes the old
Chinese saying "May you live in interesting times." She has added,
"Life is exciting!" `Skurzynski's enthusiasm for life and her thirst
for sharing her enthusiasm has brought about more than two dozen
books. Her investigations have taken readers from the Middle Ages to adventures in today's world to explorations of the future. A writing
career that has spanned almost three decades has produced picture
books, folktales, middlegrade adventure stories, nonfiction titles,
and "futuristic" novels for young adults.
Gloria Skurzynski says that she is different from many other writers
for young people in two ways: "First, I didn't know I wanted to be a
writer until I was a grown-up woman with five children. Second, I grew
up in a home with very few books. When I was seven, and forced to stay
in bed because of tonsillitis, a friend of my parents gave me a copy
of Heidi--the first book I ever owned."