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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patricia Sutton  

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Genre: C:CHILDREN History Non-Fiction




Illinois Connection

Sutton lived in Schaumburg for twenty years and spent most of that time teaching at Lincoln Prairie School, in Hoffman Estates. This former elementary/middle school teacher was a Golden Apple Award finalist for teacher excellence in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patricia Sutton writes nonfiction and fiction for middle grade readers. This former elementary/middle school teacher turned her passion for researching curriculum into writing for children. Her first book, Capsized! is narrative nonfiction and tells the forgotten story of Chicagos SS Eastland Disaster of 1915. This tragedy still ranks as the greatest loss of life on the Great Lakes. Capsized! recently earned the Kirkus Star. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. When shes not writing or searching the archives for stories, she can be found enjoying life on Lake Mendota with her family and being Nana to her grandsons Owen and Ben.

She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Sutton now resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster'', *New York Public Library's "100 Best Books for Kids" Kirkus Reviews' "Best Books of 2018" 2019 Society of Midland Authors Literary Award Honoree 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People List 2019 Cybils Literary Award Winner A 2019 Cooperative Children's Book Center's Choice Wisconsin Writers Contest 2018 Winner of the Tofte/Wright Childrens Literary Award, Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022