Liza Ketchum
Author of Books for Children and Young Adults

Where the Great Hawk Flies
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Welcome to my website!

Liza KetchumAt this site, you can explore my books and read the stories that have inspired my novels, including my most recent adventure novel, Newsgirl, and Where the Great Hawk Flies, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award.  You can also learn about my work with budding writers of all ages, and hear my thoughts on becoming a writer.  

Take a trip through the site by clicking on the pictures on the left.  After your visit, feel free to leave a message in my Guest Book.  Enjoy your journey!


Breaking News

NewsgirlThe paperback edition of Newsgirl will be available Sept. 15th!

A spirited, smartly paced feminist take on the Gold Rush era.” –Booklist

Ketchum nicely interweaves actual events into this engaging story…An educational and entertaining read.” –School Library Journal Starred Review

Hands down my favorite read so far this year.” –Stacy Dillon, Tweendom Blog

Newsgirl is on Oklahoma’s Sequoyah Award List for 2011-2012 Learn more

Join Liza’s Newsgirl Fan page!


Summer News

Liza is a faculty member in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has just returned from another wonderful residency. This program offers an exciting opportunity for adults who are ready for the challenge of a graduate degree in writing for children. The next residency takes place in January 2012. Visit Hamline's blog to read Liza's blog posts on many aspects of writing and reading:

More events are in the works, so stay tuned!




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