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Patricia McCormick (born May 23, 1956) is an American journalist and writer of realistic fiction for young adults. She has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award.


McCormick graduated from Rosemont College in 1974–1978. McCormick earned an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1985–1986 and an MFA from the New School in 1999. She currently lives in New York City. McCormick is a frequent contributor to several magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Town & Country, and Reader's Digest.

Her books rely heavily on research and interviews.

She has worked with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for standing up for her right to an education. The book, moi malala : How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, was published in 2013.


  • Cut - PUSH, Scholastic (2000)
  • My Brother's Keeper - Hyperion Books for Children (2005)
  • Sold - Hyperion Books for Children (2006) - National Book Award Finalist
  • Purple Heart - HarperCollins Publishers (2009)
  • Never Fall Down - (2012) - National Book Award finalist
  • I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (2013)
  • The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero (2016)

Awards, recognition and nominations

In 2002 McCormick's Cut was named one of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults for that year. McCormick won an Editor's Choice Award from Booklist and was a National Book Award Finalist in 2006 for her book Sold.

  • American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick 2000
  • Children's Literature Council's Choice 2000
  • Children's Literature Council's Choice 2000
  • Teen People Book-of-the-Month selection 2000
  • New York Public Library Best Books for the Teenage 2000
  • American Library Association Best Book of the Year 2002
2004, 2006, 2012
  • New York Public Library Best Books for the Teenage
  • American Library Association, Top Ten List, Best Books of the Year, 2006
  • Booklist 2006 Editor's Choice Award
  • Book Sense Pick, Winter 2006
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best List, 2006
  • Chicago Tribune Best of the Year, 2006*National Book Award Finalist, 2006
  • National Public Radio's Best Books of the Year 2006
  • New York Public Library Best Books for the Teenage 2006
  • Publishers Weekly, Best 100 Books of 2006
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 2007
  • Booklist Top Ten Women's History Books for Youth, 2007
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2007
  • Gustav-Heinemann Peace Prize 2008
  • IndieBound Pick, Autumn, 2009
  • Publishers Weekly, Best 25 Books of 2009
  • National Book Award (Young People's Literature), finalist, Never Fall Down
  • New York Times Notable
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