Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson
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Katherine Paterson Biography

Katherine Paterson (born October 31, 1932) is an award-winning American author of books for children.

Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, China to Christian missionaries George and Mary Womeldorf. Her father was a principal at Sutton 690, a school for girls, and traveled throughout China as part of his missionary duties. The Womeldorf family lived in a Chinese neighborhood and immersed themselves in Chinese culture. When Katherine was five years old, the family was forced to leave China during the Japanese invasion in 1937. The family moved to Richmond, Virginia for a short while, before returning to China to live in Shanghai. In 1940, the family was forced to flee again, this time to North Carolina. Read Full Bio >>