Claremont, Calif. (March 19, 2012) – Pitzer College alumna Susan Patron ’69 authored Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880 published by Scholastic as part of its “Dear America” historical fiction series.
In Behind the Masks, Patron returns to the gold-mining town of Bodie, California, the locale of her John Newbery Medal-winning The Higher Power of Lucky (2006). In this “wild west” setting, a 14-year-old girl investigates the supposed murder of her father, a famous criminal lawyer, who she believes is still alive.
Susan Patron specialized in children’s services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year The Higher Power of Lucky won the Newbery. As the library’s juvenile materials collection development manager, she trained and mentored children’s librarians in 72 branches.
Patron’s previous books include Lucky for Good, Lucky Breaks, The Higher Power of Lucky and Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe. The latter was named an American Library Association Notable book. The Higher Power of Lucky has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Arabic, Turkish and Indonesian. Patron majored in English at Pitzer College.
For more information about Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880, visit https://susanpatron.com/mybooks.html.