CAROL MATAS, AWARD-WINNING WRITER FOR YOUNG READERS

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 MORE THAN 40 BOOKS FOR KIDS, TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

ABOUT CAROL MATAS

Carol Matas with a display of some of her 40 books"We must never simply accept the voice of authority. We must think for ourselves. Throughout the centuries, Jews have learned by argument. I have tried to follow in that tradition, using the context of Jewish wisdom, by posting moral and ethical problems in my books and challenging young people to think about them, to think for themselves. Surely, that is the most important thing a young person can do  ó think independently."

Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of 45 books for children and young adults. Her best-selling work, which includes three award-winning series, has been translated into over a dozen languages including Spanish, Catalan, Japanese, Taiwanese, Turkish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, German, French, Indonesian, Bulgarian and Russian. She has adapted some of her books into plays and has had productions in Tel Aviv, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg.

A graduate of Actorís Lab in London, England, Carol first earned a B.A. (English) from the University of Western Ontario. Her teaching experience includes Artists in the School (Manitoba Arts Council); visiting professor at Bemidji State University, Minnesota; and creative writing instructor with Continuing Education at the University of Winnipeg.

Carol writes contemporary and historical fiction, as well as science fiction and fantasy. She first began writing historical fiction when her Danish husband told her stories about his parents' experiences fighting the Nazis in World War II. Most of her books incorporate Jewish themes and 11 of her novels deal specifically with the Holocaust. Because she was well known for her Holocaust books for young readers, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. asked her to write Danielís Story, which became a best seller.

Over the years, Carol's knack for successfully infusing serious and thought-provoking issues into an action-driven format has kept readers of all ages engaged. Carol is also an inspiring and passionate speaker who is frequently invited to address children and adults alike across North America.

The long list of awards for her books includes the Sydney Taylor Honor Award, Geoffrey Bilson Award, Silver Birch Award, Canadian Jewish Book Award, and National Jewish Book Awards Finalist, as well as the inclusion of her books on many honour lists, such as the ALA notable list, The New York Times Review notable list, The New York Public Library list for the Teen Age, and the Voya books in the middle, Best Book list. She has also been twice nominated for Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award.
 

Carol Matas's Books & Plays

Awards and Honors

Questions & Answers about Carol Matas
A compilation of answers to questions that Carol's young readers commonly ask.

"My Journey"  Carol's journey as a writer for children, teens and young adults

Carol is represented by Transatlantic Literary Agency.

To write to Carol, e-mail carol@carolmatas.com


 

 

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