The Master Puppeteer

By Katherine Paterson

Original Publisher: T.Y. Crowell & Co.
Current Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 10 & Up

Children’s Literature Finalists That Year:

  • Milton Meltzer for Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust
  • John Ney for Ox Under Pressure
  • Mildred D. Taylor for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Barbara Wersba for Tunes for a Small Harmonica

Children’s Literature Winner That Year: Katherine Paterson for The Master Puppeteer

Judges That Year: Kay Boyle, Julia Cunningham, Emily C. Neville

The Year in Literature: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • Paterson won the National Book Award for Children’s Literature in 1979 for the hardcover edition of The Great Gilly Hopkins. She was also a Finalist in 1980 for the paperback edition of The Great Gilly Hopkins, in 1981 for the hardcover edition of Jacob Have I Loved, and in 1982 for  the paperback editions of both Jacob Have I Loved and The Master Puppeteer.
  • Paterson was born in China to a family of missionaries and was then forced to flee during the Japanese invasion in 1937. After spending the remainder of her childhood in the American South she spent four years in Japan. Japan served as the setting for her first four books, including The Master Puppeteer, which takes place in eighteenth-century Osaka.

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