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Patricia McCormick (1) (1956–)

Author of Cut

For other authors named Patricia McCormick, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Patricia McCormick, a two-time National Book Award finalist, is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: Never Fall Down, a novel based on the true story of an 11-year-old boy who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia by playing music; Purple Heart, a suspenseful psychological novel that show more explores the killing of a 10-year-old boy in Iraq; Sold, a deeply moving account of sexual trafficking; My Brother's Keeper, a realistic view of teenage substance abuse; and Cut, an intimate portrait of one girl's struggle with self-injury. McCormick grew up in central Pennsylvania. She worked as an assistant press secretary to the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1974-78, then went to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. McCormick studied fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Never Fall Down was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012 and was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2012. It was also named a Best Book of the Year by iTunes, The Huffington Post, School Library Journal and the Chicago Public Library. McCormick was named a New York Foundation on the Arts fellow in 2004 and a MacDowell fellow in 2009. She is also the winner of the 2009 German Peace Prize for Youth Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Associated Works

Free? Stories About Human Rights (2009) — Contributor — 117 copies
Be Careful What You Wish for Ten Stories (2000) — Contributor — 65 copies


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Trigger warning: This book mentions self harm, drug uses, and anorexia.

This was a nostalgia reading as well since I read this a young child. I remembered all of the events in the book and I even relate to the main character (besides the cutting thing) so there’s that. I wonder how Callie is doing now? Did she get better? Did she get to wear fancy no sleeve dresses? Did her brother get better? Did she have a better relationship with her father? There are all the things that I kept on wondering and still do. Even though this is a fictional character, I truly hope that she got better and same goes for those who are real and going through what she did.

Also I like how Callie calls the therapist “You” making it break a fourth wall too which I find kinda odd since the writer also uses the first person perspective with Callie but I liked it.
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clstrifes | 132 other reviews | Nov 10, 2023 |
FROM PUBLISHER: While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend Ali.
Gmomaj | 31 other reviews | Sep 11, 2023 |
I picked up this book because I knew the bare bones about Malala's story, but I wanted to learn more. This book provided exactly that! For a few years now I've helped support Malala Fund in its quest to educate everyone (and especially all girls, who are historically left out of the push to educate) and I'm proud now to know more about its founder and namesake. I accidentally got the young reader version from my library, but I think I prefer that version since it feels more in line with the age Malala was at the time.… (more)
ca.bookwyrm | 67 other reviews | Aug 22, 2023 |
A very inspiring biography of a young woman who fought for what was right under increasing pressure and danger.
c1nnamongirl | 67 other reviews | Aug 11, 2023 |



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