Individual Author Record
*James W. Bennett lives in Normal.
Biographical and Professional Information
James W. Bennett is the author of a number of uncompromising, challenging novels for teens. The books have earned him recognition as one of the nation's leading nevelists for young adults. Bennett's fiction, often revolving around sports themes, has been used successfully as a curriculum choice in schools. He was a writer-in-residence for Illinois secondary schools. His book ''The Squared Circle'' is considered by many to be the finest basketball novel ever written.
A Quiet Desperation, Thomas Nelson, 1983I Can Hear the Mourning Dove, Houghton Mifflin, 1990Dakota Dream, Scholastic, 1994The Square Circle, Scholastic, 1995The Flex of the Thumb, Pin Oaks Press, 1996Blue Star Rapture, Scholastic, 1997Plunking Reggie Jackson, Simon and Schuster, 2001Old Hoss, McFarland, 2002* Faith Wish, Holiday House, 2003
Titles At Your Library
"1995's Finest YA Novel" citation, Voice of Youth Advocates, 1996, for The Squared Circle