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Deidre's Book Reviews


True Believer
The Tale of Despereaux
The Giver
The First Part Last
A Single Shard
How Angel Peterson Got His Name
SHAKA: King of the Zulus
The Gold Cadillac
Freedman's Voice that Challenged A Nation
Messages in the Mailbox
Seymour's Stars
Author Study: Joyce Carol Thomas
My Favorite Joyce Carol Thomas Books
Suggested Response Activity
Review of Thomas's Hush Songs
Review of Thomas's Gingerbread Days
Ride a Purple Pelican
My Momma Likes to Say
My Man Blue
Beast Feast
The Stinky Cheese Man
Once Upon A Time
My Friend Rabbit
Caring for Your Pets
Two Bad Ants

Biography of

Joyce Carol Thomas




v     Born in Ponca City, Oklahoma

v     Grew up on a chicken farm in Tracy, California

v     Currently lives in California (since the age of 10)

v     Uses Oklahoma in the setting of several of her novels

v     Received National Book Award for her 1st book, Marked by Fire, in 1982

v     1st illustrated book, Brown Honey & Broomwheat Tom, won Coretta Scott King Award in 1994

v     currently serves as poet laureate for Oklahoma Center for Poets & Writers at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa

v     has taught in middle & high schools, and universities for total of 25 years

v     fluent in English, Spanish & French

v     gives 2 books away through a drawing on her website every month (

v     incorporates food in many of her poems

v     majority of works focus on magic of sound, rhythm, poetry, song & oral traditions

v     favorite thing about writing is young reader’s honest expressions about stories & poems

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