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Mildred D. Taylor

Mildred DeLois Taylor is a Newbery Award-winning African-American young adult novelist. She is known for exploring powerful themes of family, and intense themes of racism faced by African Americans in the Deep South, in works that are accessible to young readers. She was awarded the 1977 Newbery Medal for her novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and the inaugural NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature in 2003... Read More

BornMildred DeLois Taylor
September 13, 1943 (age 77)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
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