Kathyrn Erskine’s first young adult novel Quaking is a Virginia Reader Choice Master List selection. It is the story of Goth teen Matilda (Matt), who has experienced a traumatic childhood. Things change after she is taken in by a peaceful Quaker family during the divisive days of war in the Middle East.
Kathryn Erskine grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland. She has also lived in the Netherlands, Israel, South Africa, Canada and Alabama. Prior to writing young adult fiction full time, she was a lawyer.
From Booklist: “This is a compelling story, which enfolds the political issues into a deeper focus on the characters' personal stories. Idealistic teens will be interested in Matt's growing acceptance of her new family, of Quaker values, and of her need to take action, rather than simply observe."
Erskine's latest book, Mockingbird, published in the spring of 2010, was awarded a National Book Award for Young Adult Literature at a special ceremony on Nov. 15, 2010.