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Young People’s Authors We Lost in 2014

Posted on: January 6, 2015

Since starting News & Views here at Allison’s Book Bag, I have intended to not only keep up with reports about authors but also to post about them. Turns out, I’m too busy or not organized enough or whatever, but my posts are never all that current. Yet I did want to start paying tribute to those authors for young people whose loss will be felt in the literary world.

This post is my first attempt at doing just that. After the photo collage, you’ll find a list of each author whom we have lost in 2014. If the author had a website, I added the link to the author’s name. Besides the name is a description of the works that made the author famous. On the next line, I added a photo credit. If I’ve reviewed any books by the author, I added a note on the third line, along with any relevant links.


  1. Norman Bridwell, author of the Clifford books
    Photo Credit: School Library Journal, The Man Behind Clifford
  2. Eric Hill, author of the Spot books
    Photo Credit: W. A. Dudley, Eric Hill with Spot the Dog
  3. Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon
  4. R. A. Montgomery, author of the Choose Your Own Adventure series
    Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune, R.A. Montgomery Lives on Through Adventure
  5. Walter Dean Myers, author of many acclaimed books for young people
    Photo Credit: New Jersey Monthly, Walter Dean Myers is Named National Ambassador of Young People
    You can read my reviews of some of his books here: Author Walter Dean Myers Round-Up
    My post about his autobiography, Bad Boy, was my most popular post of 2014.
  6. Farley Mowat, one of Canada’s most popular and prolific writers, who became a champion of wildlife and native Canadian rights
    You can read my review of an anthology of his writings at Writings of Farley Mowat and of a memoir at Otherwise.
  7. Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole books
    Photo Credit: Telegraph, Sue Townsend’s Paris
  8. Zilpha Keatley Synder, author of many acclaimed books for young people
    Photo Credit: Flickr
    You can read my review of one of her books here: Libby on Wednesday

The above list is based on searching many web pages for reports about those young people’s authors we lost in 2014. If you know of others I missed, please add them in the comments. Thank you!

2 Responses to "Young People’s Authors We Lost in 2014"

Clifford is an icon. It’s sad that now there won’t be anymore books about him.

I’m glad you liked the post. it’s my intention to make it an annual one.

Wow great post. I loved the Clifford books and so did my kids. I didn’t realize Norman Bridwell had died. How sad.

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