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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cynthia L. Smith  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1967 in Kansas City

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Illinois Connection

Smith lived in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cynthia Leitich Smith is a New York Times best-selling author, a writing teacher, and a speaker. She writes fiction for children and young adults.

Published Works

  • Jingle Dancer, Morrow Junior/Harper Collins, 2000
  • Rain Is Not my Indian Name, HarperCollins, 2001
  • Indian Shoes, HarperCollins, 2002
  • Santa Knows, Dutton, 2006
  • Tantalize, Candlewick, 2007

Selected Titles At Your Library

Jingle dancer /
ISBN: 0688162428. OCLC Number:

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Tink, tink, tink, tink, sang cone-shaped jingles sewn to Grandma Wolfe's dress. Jenna's heart beats to the brum, brum, brum, brum of the powwow drum as she daydreams about the clinking song of her grandma's jingle dancing. Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem -- how will her dress sing if it has no jingles?

Rain is not my Indian name /
ISBN: 0688173977. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2001.

Cassidy Rain Berghoff didn't know that the very night she decided to get a life would be the night that Galen would lose his. It's been six months since her best friend died, and up until now Rain has succeeded in shutting herself off from the world. But when controversy arises around her aunt Georgia's Indian Camp in their mostly white Midwestern community, Rain decides to face the outside world again -- at least through the lens of her camera. Hired by her town newspaper to photograph the campers, Rain soon finds that she has to decide how involved she wants to become in Indian Camp. Does she want to keep a professional distance from the intertribal community she belongs to? And just how willing is she to connect with the campers after her great loss?

Indian shoes /
ISBN: 0060295317. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. 2002.

Together with Grampa, Ray Halfmoon, a Seminole-Cherokee boy, finds creative and amusing solutions to life's challenges.

Tantalize /
ISBN: 076364059X. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Cambridge, MA :. 2007.

When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Kieren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.


Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and Selector's Choice 2001, TLA 2x2 Reading List 2001, Oklahoma Book Awards finalist, runner up Storyteller Award from Western Writers of America, Editor's Choice from Library Talk for

Jingle Dancer


Speaking Engagements

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