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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ronald L. Smith  

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Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Mystery



Illinois Connection

Smith lived in Chicago for 15 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ronald L. Smith is an award-winning writer of children's literature including the novels, Black Panther: The Young Prince, The Mesmerist, The Owls Have Come To Take Us Away and Gloomtown, a Junior Library Guild Selection. His first novel, Hoodoo, earned him the 2016 Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and the ILA Award for Intermediate Fiction from The International Literacy Association. Before he became a full-time writer, he worked in advertising and wrote TV commercials for big corporations. He is much happier writing books for young people.

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Titles At Your Library


-- ''HooDoo'', *Winner of the 2016 Coretta Scott King New Author Award Cooperative Childrens Book Center Best of Year List Junior Library Guild Selection 2016 ILA Intermediate Fiction Award from the International Literacy Association -- ''Gloom Town'', *A Junior Library Guild Selection -- ''The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away'', *A Junior Library Guild Selection