— From Melissa's Picks
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was born and raised in Alaska. For many years she was a reporter for Alaska Public Radio, and she was the host and producer of Independent Native News, a daily newscast which aired in the U.S. and Canada and focused on Alaska Native issues, American Indians, and Canada's First Nations. She has two children who've spent most of their summers fishing commercially on their family boat in Southeast Alaska (except for the year they jumped ship to run an espresso stand out of a wall tent at a remote hotspring).
Her news stories and creative essays have appeared on NPR; in the Anchorage Daily News, High Country News, the Los Angeles Review and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.
Bonnie-Sue's first novel, The Smell of Other People's Houses, tells the stories of teenagers whose quirky, tragic and interconnected lives are shaped by an equally unsentimental environment—Alaska in the early '70s. It will be published in 2016 by Wendy Lamb Books/Random House in the U.S. and Canada and by Faber in the U.K.— From Bonnie Sue Hitchcock ~ In-Store Book Signing
"Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's Alaska is beautiful and wholly unfamiliar.... A thrilling, arresting debut." --Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Was Here
" A] singular debut. . . . Hitchcock] weav es] the alternating voices of four young people into a seamless and continually surprising story of risk, love, redemption, catastrophe, and sacrifice." --The Wall Street Journal
William C. Morris Finalist
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction
Tayshas Reading List--Top 10 List
New York Public Library's Best 50 Books for Teens
Chicago Public Library, Best of the Best List
Shelf Awareness, Best Children's & Teen Books of the Year
Nominated to the Oklahoma Sequoya Book Award Master List
Nominated to the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award "Hitchcock's debut resonates with the timeless quality of a classic. This is a fascinating character study--a poetic interweaving of rural isolation and coming-of-age." --John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Where Things Come Back and Highly Illogical Behavior "As an Alaskan herself, Bonnie Sue Hitchcock is able to bring alive this town, and this group of poor teens and their families that live there." --Bustle.com
About the Author
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was born and raised in Alaska. She worked many years fishing commercially with her family and as a reporter for Alaska Public Radio stations around the state. She was also the host and producer of "Independent Native News," a daily newscast produced in Fairbanks, focusing on Alaska Natives, American Indians, and Canada's First Nations. Her writing is inspired by her family's four generations in Alaska.