Elana K. Arnold facts for kids
Elana Kuczynski Arnold is an American children's and young adult author. Her 2017 novel What Girls Are Made Of was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, and her 2018 novel Damsel was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honor title in 2019.
In 2022, three of Arnold's books (Damsel, Red Hood, and What Girls Are Made Of ) were listed among 52 novels banned by the Alpine School District following the implementation of Utah law H.B. 374, “Sensitive Materials In Schools."
Arnold obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from University of California, Irvine. In 1998, she Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis.
Arnold now teaches with Hamline University's Master of Fine Arts program focusing on Writing for Children and Young Adults.
She lives in Southern California.
Awards and honors
Nine of Arnold's book are Junior Library Guild selections: A Boy Called Bat (2017), Bat and the Waiting Game (2018), Damsel (2018), Bat at the End of Everything (2019), The House That Wasn't There (2021), Red Hood (2021), Starla Jean (2021), and Just Harriet (2022).
In 2021, Publishers Weekly named Red Hood one of the top ten young adult novels of the year.
|2015||Infaduous||Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Young Adult Fiction - General||Winner|
|2016||Amelia Bloomer Book List||Selection|
|Westchester Fiction Award||Winner|
|2017||What Girls Are Made Of||National Book Award for Young People's Literature||Finalist|
|California Book Award||Finalist|
|2018||Amelia Bloomer Book List||Selection|
|Damsel||Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth||Selection|
|2019||Amelia Bloomer Book List||Top 10|
|Michael L. Printz Award||Honor|
|2021||Red Hood||Amelia Bloomer Book List||Top 10|
|Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults||Selection|