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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Don Schellie  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:ADULT C:YA History Non-Fiction Young Adult

Born: 1932 in Chicago


Illinois Connection

Schellie was born in Chicago and is a 1957 graduate of the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Don Schellie was an author, reporter and columnist. From 1954 - 1957, he was a reporter for the ''Champaign News-Gazette''. Schellie was a reporter for the ''Douglas Daily Dispatch'' in Douglas, Arizon from 1957 -1958. After that, he worked for the ''Tucson Citizen'' where he was a reporter for two years and then moved on to have his own column - "Don Schellie". Schellie has also been a contributor to ''Arizona Highways''. A feature column writing award was also created in his name.Schellie's first book, ''Vast Domain of Blood'', was based upon some historical pieces he wrote for the ''Citizen'' about the Camp Grant massacre - an incident where peaceful Apaches were murdered by a party of Tuscon-area residents and Papago Indians. ''Vast Domain of Blood'' was an adult, nonfiction book, and his wife, a history teacher-turned-school librarian, felt the story should be made available to school-age readers. What developed from that was ''Me, Cholay & Co: Apache Warriors'', a historical novel for young readers.

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Titles At Your Library


-- American Library Association notable children's book citation, 1978, for ''Kidnapping Mr. Tubbs''.