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Carmen Agra Deedy
Carmen Agra Deedy has been writing for children for over two decades. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she lives today.Deedy began writing as a young mother and storyteller whose NPR commentaries on All Things Considered were... show more

Carmen Agra Deedy has been writing for children for over two decades. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she lives today.Deedy began writing as a young mother and storyteller whose NPR commentaries on All Things Considered were collected and released under the title, Growing Up Cuban In Decatur, Georgia. The pithy collection of twelve stories soon garnered awards, among them a 1995 Publishers Weekly Best Audio (Adult Storytelling) and a 1996 Parents' Choice Gold Award.Her children's books have won numerous awards.The Library Dragon received various children's state book awards and has sold near half a million copies. In 2003 the book was her home state's choice to represent Georgia at the Library of Congress's National Book Festival.The Yellow Star was the recipient of the 2001 Jane Addams Peace Association Book Award (Honor), presented to Ms. Deedy at the United Nations by Mrs. Kofi Annan. It also received the 2001 Christopher Award, the 2000 Parent's Choice Gold Award, the 2001 Bologna Ragazzi Award (for best international children's book), the 2002 WOW Award (National Literary Association of England), among other notable awards and honors. It has been translated to over a dozen languages.Martina the Beautiful Cockroach was presented with the 2008 Pura Belpre Honor Award, the 2008 NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Book Award, the 2008 Best Children's Books of the Year (Bank Street College of Education), the 2008 International Latino Book Award, the Irma Simonton and James H. Black Award (Honor), the 2008 E.B White Award (Nominee), and the 2009 ALA Odyssey Audio Award (Honor), among others.Deedy's most recent children's book, 14 Cows for America, is based on an astonishing gift Americans received from a Maasai village in Kenya, following the events of 9/11. The book was released in September of 2009 and is a New York Times Bestseller. The Wall Street Journal described it as a " . . . moving and dramatically illustrated picture book."Deedy is now expanding into the world of chapter books with her upcoming Fall 2011 title, The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. This is a story of deception, intrigue, and derring-do that reveals the unlikely alliance between a cheese-loving cat and the Cheshire Cheese inn's mice in Victorian England.Deedy has spent the past twenty years writing and telling stories. She has been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, Refugees International, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, The Smithsonian Institute, TED, The National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center.An ardent supporter of libraries, she was the 2008 National Spokesperson for School Library Media Month (AASL). She has spoken before Noble Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners, CEOs of major corporations, and heads of state. Over a span of twenty years, Deedy has told stories to hundreds of thousands of school children. They remain her favorite audiences.
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kvela
kvela rated it 5 years ago
Children will take pleasure in reading this adventurous and humorous Victorian story set in London’s Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. It is a book whose main characters are animals and humans play the supporting roles. One of those humans being British author Charles Dickens. It is evident that Dickens a...
afterwhat
afterwhat rated it 8 years ago
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is famous for--well, yes, its cheese. As you may expect of such a place, the Inn is infested with mice, and so the owner decides, as you do, that the Inn is in want of a cat. Skilley, an alley cat with a secret, shameful love of cheese, decides that a warm inn filled with t...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it 8 years ago
A clever, fun and utterly delightful tale.
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 8 years ago
I am 46 years old, and I am well aware that I am no where near the target audience for this. But I loved it. Skilley as drawn by Moser looks like my Luna, there's Dickens working on a novel, there's a lot about cheese, there's an unusual little girl and an even more unusual mouse. Loved it! Definite...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 9 years ago
Deedy is at her best writing books-to-read-aloud. This would be great to read as part of an introduction to a library for a group of kids, but it also amuses those with more experience, even those who've loaned out their own books. So much fun, and so many little jokes in the text and the illustra...
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