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Children's author Mary Downing Hahn to speak in Hagerstown

November 12, 1998

The final author to appear as a part of Washington County Free Library's centennial authors series will be children's author Mary Downing Hahn. She will be at St. John's Lutheran Church Educational Building at 141 S. Potomac St. Saturday, Nov. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Hahn will talk about some of her prize-winning books and will autograph copies. Hahn's works for children and young adults include "Daphne's Book," in 1983, which was an American Library Association's Reviewer's Choice book; "Wait Till Helen Comes," 1986, winner of 11 state book awards; "Time for Andrew," 1994, winner of nine state book awards and "Stepping on the Cracks," 1991, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction and named an American Library Association Notable Book.

Her most recent work, "As Ever Gordy," is the third book in a series set around the time of World War II. Her main character, Gordy Smith, has risen from the depths of an abusive childhood by moving in with his grandmother. Upon her death, he and his sister are forced to move back to their old hometown to live with their older brother. Gordy must choose between again becoming the troublemaker he once was or continuing to grow into the person his grandmother was helping him to become. The other two books in the series are "Stepping on the Cracks," 1991, and "Following My Own Footsteps," 1996.

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The program is free. Copies of three of Hahn's books will be available for purchase.




Daphne's book  Wait till Helen Comes  Time for Andrew

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