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Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich SmithAward-winning author Cynthia Leitich Smith, called a "rising star" by Multicultural Review, writes fiction for everyone, but she has a particular affection for young readers, from kids to twenty-somethings.

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the author of Jingle Dancer (Morrow, 2000), Indian Shoes (HarperCollins, 2002), and Rain is Not My Indian Name (HarperCollins, 2001)(Listening Library, 2001). She is a member of faculty at the Vermont College M.F.A. program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her website at was named one of the top 10 Writer Sites on the Internet by Writer's Digest and an ALA Great Website for Kids. Her Cynsations blog at was listed as among the top two read by the children's/YA publishing community in the SCBWI "To Market" column. Cynthia's more recent titles are a picture book, Santa Knows (Dutton, 2006) and two young adult gothic fantasy novels, Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008) and Eternal (Candlewick, 2009). She makes her home in Austin, Texas; with her husband, author Greg Leitich Smith.



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