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Sharon Creech (born July 29, 1945) is an Americanmarker novelist of children's fiction. Her novel Walk Two Moons received the 1995 Newbery Medal; The Wanderer was a 2001 Newbery Honor book and Ruby Holler received the 2002 Carnegie Medal. In 2007, Heartbeat was a finalist in the Junior Division (4th to 6th grades) of the Young Reader's Choice Awards, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association.


Creech was born July 29, 1945, in South Euclid, Ohiomarker. She has three brothers, Dennis, Doug, and Tom, and one sister, Sandy, upon whom she based the characters in Absolutely Normal Chaos and Ruby Holler. Her brother Tom currently resides in Kent, Ohiomarker, with his wife, Marty, and their three children, Sandra, Mary, and Annie. Annie was the basis of a character in Heartbeat. Every year, Creech's family visited Quincymarker, Kentuckymarker, the inspiration for the town of Bybanks, which appeared in Chasing Redbird, Bloomability, Walk Two Moons, and (by reference) The Wanderer. Her grandmother plays a part in Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. She received a BA from Hiram Collegemarker and a MA from George Mason Universitymarker.

In 1979, she moved to Surreymarker, Englandmarker. In addition to being a writer, Creech has taught English and writing at a high school and a boarding school, The American School in Switzerland (TASIS). She drew the setting of Bloomability from her experiences in Switzerlandmarker. She is married to Lyle Rigg, who was the headmaster of The Pennington Schoolmarker in Pennington, New Jerseymarker, with whom she has two children, Rob and Karin.



Heartbeat was in the Junior Division (grades 4 to 6) of the Young Reader's Choice Awards.


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