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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lutricia Lois Clifton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1939 in Krebs, Oklahoma

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Illinois Connection

Lutricia now lives in northern, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lutricia Lois Clifton was born in Oklahoma but moved frequently when she was growing up. She finished junior college in Amarillo, Texas, where she met her husband-to-be. She married and riased two sons in Colorado, where she earned a BA and an MA in English from Colorado State University.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
ISBN: 0823423670

Holiday House. 2012

When twelve-year-old Frankie Joe's mother is sent to jail, he is uprooted from his home in Texas to live with the father he has never met, his father's wife, and his father's four "legitimate" sons in Illinois. Frankie Joe is miserable. Trying to adjust to his blended family proves too much to bear, so Frankie Joe hatches a plot to escape on his bike back home to Texas. For that he needs money, and so Frankie Joe's Freaky Fast Delivery Service is born. His deliveries win new friends, a place in the rural Illinois community, and a sense of achievement. But his planned escape is destroyed by a heartbreaking betrayal, and Frankie Joe needs all of his incredible resilience and the loving support of his new family to survive the devastating loss.

Immortal Max
ISBN: 0823430413

Holiday House. 2014

A boy’s dream of owning a purebred dog brings unexpected rewards to his family, his friends, and his changing neighborhood.

Seeking Cassandra
ISBN: 0823435601

Holiday House. 2016

When work takes Cassie’s mom abroad, Cassie is stuck living with her dad in his Winnebago in Palo Duro Canyon State Park for the summer. She loves her dad, but he’s different since the divorce, and, for that matter, so is she. She’s gotten used to a different lifestyle that’s not exactly compatible with the rougher living in the Canyon, where her dad is a handyman. She misses the conveniences of city living, and she’s not too sure about the kids here. They seem awkward. Uncool. And, in the case of mysterious X, possibly dangerous. When several arrowheads go missing from an archeological dig site on park property, Cassie immediately has a suspect in mind. But when she starts jotting down clues in a detective journal and putting the pieces together, Cassie feels uneasy. Have her assumptions about other people led her down the wrong path?


'''For ''Freaky Fast Frankie Joe:'''''

2012 Friends of American Writers Juvenile Fiction Award

2013 ALSC Notable Children's Book

2013 IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award

2013-2014 South Carolina's Children's Book Award Master List

2013-2014 Nebraska's The Golden Sower Intermediate Award Master List

2013 Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books for Great Kids

2013-2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

2013 Bank Street College's Best Children's Book of the Year Award

2014-2015 Missouri's Mark Twain Readers Award Master List

2014-2015 Kansas's William Allen White Award Master List

2015 Oklahoma's Sequoyah Book Award Master List

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