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Nancy Farmer grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border, did a tour of duty with the Peace Corps in India in the mid-’60s, and lived in South Africa and Zimbabwe in the ’70s and ’80s. Her novelette The Mirror won the 1987 Gold Award in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. Her first book, Do You Know Me?, a children’s adventure set in Zimbabwe, received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. She received Newbery Honors for A Girl Named Disaster; The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm; and The House of the Scorpion, which also won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book for Young People’s Literature. She and her husband currently live in Menlo Park, California.
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