September 06, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jordan Sonnenblick will give the talk, "Not Quite J.K. Rowling: Thoughts on my Career as a Young Adult Author," Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Departments of English, Education, and Psychology, as well as the Writing Center and the University Lectureship Committee.

'Sonnenblick's novels present real-world issues with humor and sensitivity, and his presentations are always accessible and illuminating. We are lucky to have him at Bucknell this fall," said Virginia Zimmerman, associate professor of English at Bucknell.

"Sonnenblick visited Bucknell in 2003 and 2008, and both times, students responded very enthusiastically to his talks."

Sonnenblick, who writes for young adults and middle-school readers, is a former middle-school English teacher in Phillipsburg, N.J. who also served with Teach for America.

His first novel, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, received several starred reviews and was named to the American Library Association's Teens' Top Ten List. Since its publication in 2004, the book has sold more than 400,000 copies and been translated into 12 languages.

His second novel, Notes from the Midnight Driver, was published in 2006, and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The Italian translation of Notes won the prestigious Premio Cento Prize.

Jordan's third book, Zen and the Art of Faking It, was a BookSense Pick and a Family Circle Book of the Month; his fourth, After Ever After, won the American Library Association's Schneider Family Book Award.

His fifth teen novel, Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip, was published this past March; it has received a starred review from the School Library Journal and is a spring 2012 Junior Library Guild selection.

Jordan also has written the Dodger and Me trilogy of funny fantasy books for middle-grade readers, which includes Dodger and Me, Dodger for President, and Dodger for Sale, all published by Macmillan. His young adult books have all been published by Scholastic.

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