Helen Hemphill 

Hailed as a strong new voice in childrens literature byKirkus Reviews, Helen Hemphill grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas. Her novel Long Gone Daddy won the Teddy Award for young adult fiction from the Writers League of Texas and was named to the New York Public Librarys Books for the Teen Age In 2007, her second novel, Runaround, was named a Top Ten Youth Romance by Booklist and Best New Books for the Classroom by Book Links. Her new book for middle school readers, The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones, was named to the Winter 2008-09 Kid's Indie Next List and was featured in the February 2009 issue of Notes from the Horn Book. The book was recently named most distinguished young adult book of 2008 by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library. Ms. Hemphill is a graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College and holds an MA in English literature from Belmont University. Ms. Hemphill is a member of the Southern Artistry register at the Southern Arts Federation and is an Artist in Residence for the Tennessee Arts Commission.
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