Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (b. 1967)

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Who is Kimberly Brubaker Bradley?

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is an American children and young adult book author. She is a Newbery Honor winner and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Bradley was born on June 24th, 1967 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America and grew up with a passion for reading, as she saw an example in her parents, who loved the activity. Her favorite subject to read about was horses. Her grandmother was also a great storyteller and influenced her with her childhood memories. During her childhood, Kimberly’s family planted all the great seeds in her, that later gave birth to a beautiful writer.

How did Kimberly Brubaker Bradley become a writer?

Bradley began to write during her years in college, where she studied chemistry, and her first subject about which she wrote was, of course… horses! She contributed to various magazines with articles. Later she began to write children’s stories and she also took a course on children’s literature, where her writing skills were noticed.

After she graduated and got married, she also enrolled in medical school, just to find out it was not for her. While combining her job as a research chemist with her writing hobby, a contest for middle grade fiction opened her a door for an editor to receive her manuscript. Bradley was requested to write a series of novels on horses, without signing the materials, and she entered a full time career as a writer. It did not take long until she wrote her own debut novel, Ruthie’s Gift.

Why is Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s work remarkable?

Perhaps the best answer to this question is comprised in a reply the author gave in an interview for Booktopia’s Online Blog, published on September 14, 2020. When asked “what are her most ambitious goals as an artist”, she answered “world domination”, as she desires that her writing becomes “a path some child takes to find truth and courage and hope”. She stated: “I want somewhere to have helped one child.” Her works for children abound in characters that overcome stereotypes, fight to be noticed for whom they are or encounter illness. One example can be found in her book “The War That Saved My Life”, winner of the 2016 Newbery Honor Medal, and a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Librarian recommendation

Dear children, as both “The War that Saved My Life” and its sequel, “The War I Finally Won”, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley are categorized as historical fiction, we encourage you to think of a historical event you learned about at school and which made you curious about it, to make a personal research and write a short story inspired by it. We also invite you at American Corner Cluj-Napoca to borrow “The War that Saved My Life” and its sequel, “The War I Finally Won”.



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