Valerie O. Patterson

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Valerie O. Patterson was raised in the Florida panhandle where the Gulf of Mexico inspired a love of blue and a fascination with the horizon and what lies beyond. Valerie graduated in May 2008 with an MFA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University, where she twice received the Shirley Henn Award for Creative Scholarship. She has also received a Work-in-Progress grant from the Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators (SCBWI). In addition to SCBWI, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Children's Literature Association, and the Authors Guild. Her first novel THE OTHER SIDE OF BLUE was a finalist for an Agatha Award. Her second novel OPERATION OLEANDER was a Junior Library Guild selection for 2013 as well as a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers for 2013. Valerie lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband.

Selected Works

"Full of detail about Army life, Patterson's elegant prose brings readers deep inside Jess's conflicted point of view and the many stresses she is under, as she reevaluates her role as a member of a military family. -- Publisher's Weekly Junior Library Guild Selection 2013, VOYA Top Shelf Selection Middle School 2013
Teen Fiction
“A story tender and true...each word seems to shimmer.”
–Han Nolan, National Book Awardee

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