E. L. Konigsburg passed away on April 19, 2013 at 83 years old. She was an award winner from the start. Her first book “Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth” won a Newbery honor in 1968. Almost all her books are requirements for students in middle school. That is because her books were based on her children; especially her daughter and the fact that she taught at an all girls school.
Her life is fairly guarded. Unlike a lot of writers, she didn’t have controversy surrounding her; she lived her life and wrote her books. In total she wrote 16 children novels and illustrated three picture books.
I always see her books whenever I walk through the children’s section. I am a bit sad that I didn’t read her book when she was alive. However, these books are going to keep her legacy alive and I have every intentions of reading them.
A sad day in the literature world. R.I.P.