Claire Rudolf Murphy
A daughter of the West, Claire is the author of sixteen award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including Marching With Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Rights, which won the Amelia Bloomer award and the International Reader Association’s Teachers’ Choice Award. Her 2014 book My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights, illustrated by Bryan Collier, was named on the New York Public Library’s top one hundred children’s books of the year. Claire’s passion is researching and writing stories about outsiders in American history, characters who have persevered over incredible odds. Formerly a secondary language arts teacher, Claire and her family lived in Alaska for twenty-four years where she began her writing career. Today she lives and writes in her hometown of Spokane, Washington where she enjoys visiting schools to share her love of writing with students. She also teaches at Hamline University ‘s low residency MFA program – Writing for Children and Young Adults. Claire also enjoys sports and music, and the great outdoors.
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