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Gail Carson Levine
Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine (born September 17, 1947 in New York, N.Y.) is an American author of young adult books. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 705 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1841 × 1565 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 705 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1841 × 1565 pixel, file size: 2. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Young adult (YA) literature is literature written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents. ...

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Early life

She credits her parents David and Sylvia for her creative streak. Her father owned a commercial art studio and her mother was a teacher who wrote plays for her students to perform. Her sister Rani teaches painting and has exhibited her works in the U.S. and Jamaica. Levine herself loved to draw and paint, but while taking a course on writing and illustrating for kids, she found that she had a penchant for writing instead. She says, "I had always been the hardest on myself when I drew and painted. I am not hard on myself when I write. I like what I write, so it is a much happier process." She now lives in a 100 year old house in Brewster, NY, with her husband, David, and Airedale, Baxter.


She was a member of the Scribble Scrabble Club in Elementary school.


Professional life

Her first published novel was Ella Enchanted. Telling fairy tales with a twist is a hallmark of Levine's writing. Her Princess Tales series, set in the Kingdom of Biddle, is a collection of light-hearted and heart-warming adventures with smart, sassy heroes and heroines. Ella Enchanted is an Newbery Honor book written by Gail Carson Levine and published in 1997. ...


Levine has also written an illustrated novel for young readers called Fairy Dust and the Quest For the Egg, which was published in 2005 by Disney Press as the cornerstone of the new "Disney Fairies" franchise. The novel explores the world of Never Land (of Barrie's and Disney's Peter Pan) and the community of fairies who live in the area of the island known as Fairy Haven. Familiar characters such as Tinker Bell and Captain Hook appear in the story, as well as original characters. Levine's fairy society is a peaceful one, where every fairy and sparrow man (male fairy) has a specific "talent" -- a job that they instinctively know how to do perfectly, and love. Some of the new characters introduced include Rani (named for Levine's sister), a water-talent fairy; Vidia, a fast-flying-talent fairy(the bully); and Prilla, a fairy who's talent seems to have fell out of her on her way to Fairy Haven. Levine recently released a sequel to this book, titled Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. Sir James Matthew Barrie, Baronet, Scottish author Sir James Matthew Barrie, Baronet (May 9, 1860 - June 19, 1937), more commonly known as J. M. Barrie, was a Scottish novelist and dramatist. ... This article is about the play by J.M. Barrie. ...


There are more books by her coming out in 2007-2008, such as a sequel to The Two Princesses of Bamarre.


Hong Kong Literary Festival

On March 12th 2007, Gail attended the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and talked about her life and read to young audiences at the Hong Kong Public Library. Her activities at the festival include a lecture on creating children's stories, and an afternoon tea meeting with educators, parents, and lovers of children's literature. The Hong Kong International Literary Festival is an international literary festival held annually in Hong Kong. ... Hong Kong public library system is the largest public system in the worl with total collections consist of 10. ...


Gail has traveled most of the world to meet her readers at book signings for Ella and other books that have been translated into many languages.


Bibliography

  • The Fairy's Mistake (1999)
  • The Princess Test (1999)
  • Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (1999)
    • also collected as The Princess Tales: Volume One
  • Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (2000)
  • The Fairy's Return (2002)
  • For Biddle's Sake (2002)
    • The Princess Tales: Volume Two
  • Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (2005)
  • Fairest (2006)
  • Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly (2006)
  • Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand (2007)

Ella Enchanted is an Newbery Honor book written by Gail Carson Levine and published in 1997. ... The Wish is a novel by Gail Carson Levine. ... The Two Princesses of Bamarre is a 2001 book by Ella Enchanted author Gail Carson Levine. ... Fairest is a novel by Gail Carson Levine. ...

References

  • [1] Interview at .com

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