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Publication Order of Avatar Graphic Novels

Avatar: Tsu'tey's Path (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Lucy the Giant (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sparrow (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flygirl (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orleans (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Toymaker's Apprentice (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pasadena (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blossom and the Firefly (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Who Was/Is...? Books

Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Annie Oakley? (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Ben Franklin? (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Albert Einstein? (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Sacagawea? (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Harry Houdini? (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Maria Tallchief? (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Amelia Earhart? (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Thomas Jefferson? (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Helen Keller? (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt? (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Mark Twain? (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Ronald Reagan? (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Louis Armstrong? (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was John F. Kennedy? (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Charles Darwin? (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Johnny Appleseed? (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Were the Beatles? (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was King Tut? (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Daniel Boone? (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was William Shakespeare? (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Anne Frank? (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Marco Polo? (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Elvis Presley? (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Abraham Lincoln? (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Neil Armstrong? (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Queen Elizabeth? (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Barack Obama? (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was George Washington? (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Pablo Picasso? (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Walt Disney? (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Claude Monet? (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Franklin Roosevelt? (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jim Henson? (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jackie Robinson? (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Rosa Parks? (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Dr. Seuss? (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Paul Revere? (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Steve Jobs? (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Babe Ruth? (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is J.K. Rowling? (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Roald Dahl? (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Jane Goodall? (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Maurice Sendak? (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Bill Gates? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Sally Ride? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Christopher Columbus? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Bob Dylan? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Michelle Obama? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Alexander Graham Bell? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Davy Crockett? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Frida Kahlo? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Ernest Shackleton? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Steven Spielberg? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Milton Hershey? (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Louis Braille? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Nelson Mandela? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Abigail Adams? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Dolly Parton? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Theodore Roosevelt? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Bruce Lee? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is George Lucas? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Were the Wright Brothers? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Ulysses S. Grant? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Robert E. Lee? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Clara Barton? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Queen Victoria? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Muhammad Ali? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Marie Curie? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Henry Ford? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Roberto Clemente? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Isaac Newton? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Susan B. Anthony? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Rachel Carson? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Julius Caesar? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Gandhi? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Stan Lee? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Alfred Hitchcock? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Charles Dickens? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Genghis Khan? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Sitting Bull? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Betsy Ross? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Andy Warhol? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Gloria Steinem? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Frederick Douglass? (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Galileo? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Wayne Gretzky? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Robert Ripley? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jesus? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jacques Cousteau? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Harriet Beecher Stowe? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Winston Churchill? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Mother Teresa? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Steve Irwin? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Woodrow Wilson? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Beatrix Potter? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was J.R.R. Tolkien? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Richard Branson? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Edgar Allan Poe? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Were the Brothers Grimm? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jesse Owens? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Malala Yousafzai? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Derek Jeter? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Jeff Kinney? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is (Your Name Here)? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Julia Child? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Marie Antoinette? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Seabiscuit? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Blackbeard? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was George Washington Carver? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Sojourner Truth? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Frank Lloyd Wright? (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Maya Angelou? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Lucille Ball? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Joan of Arc? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Elton John? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jules Verne? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Alexander the Great? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jules Verne? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Milton Bradley? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Hillary Clinton? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was? Mad Libs (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Bruce Springsteen? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Stevie Wonder? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Were The Three Stooges? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jacqueline Kennedy? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Charlie Chaplin? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Cesar Chavez? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Princess Diana? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Are the Rolling Stones? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Bob Marley? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Pete Seeger? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Andrew Jackson? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Pope Francis? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Alexander Hamilton? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Fidel Castro? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Lewis Carroll? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Ralph Lauren? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Coretta Scott King? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Chuck Jones? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jane Austen? (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Knock! Knock! Who Was There? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Henry VIII? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Booker T. Washington? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is the Dalai Lama? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Aretha Franklin? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Leif Erikson? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Pele? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Selena? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Who Was? Activity Book (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Judy Blume? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Bono? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Nikola Tesla? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Napoleon? (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Michael Jordan? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was H. J. Heinz? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Norman Rockwell? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Stephen Hawking? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Che Guevara? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was P. T. Barnum? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Oprah Winfrey? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is R. L. Stine? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Harriet Tubman? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Mister Rogers? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Who Was? History of the World (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Sam Walton? (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Jackie Chan? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Harvey Milk? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Ida B. Wells? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is David Beckham? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Celia Cruz? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Benedict Arnold? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Nellie Bly? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Confucius? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Duke Ellington? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Catherine the Great? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Walt Whitman? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Levi Strauss? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is RuPaul? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Neil deGrasse Tyson? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was A. A. Milne? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Juliette Gordon Low? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Were the Navajo Code Talkers? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was David Bowie? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Queen Elizabeth II? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Were Stanley and Livingstone? (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Dale Earnhardt Jr.? (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Who Was? Trivia Book (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Charles Schulz? (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Ernest Hemingway? (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Is Jimmy Carter? (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Johnny Cash? (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

If you take a closer look into one of the books written by Sherri L. Smith, you will most likely come across the quote : “Bad things happen everywhere, even in the land of roses”. These are perhaps the words that can most vividly describe young adult novels, which happen to be the center of Smith’s work. And indeed who could be more competent to write about all the things that accompany a transition to the world of grown-ups than a girl whose life brought her from coast to coast of the USA, and took her to work on movies like “Mars Attacks!”, make comic books, and work in a construction company? And win some literary awards in addition? Sherri L. Smith did all of this. This is a story about working girl(s).

Sherri L. Smith was born in Chicago in 1971. However, it was not the “Windy City” where she spent her childhood. It was, in fact, New York- Staten Island to be precise. Smith was always inclined towards the art, and her persistence enabled her to get a Bachelor’s degree in film and broadcast journalism, as well as Master’s degree of Arts in Humanity and Master’s degree of Science in business. The education provided her with a lot of possibilities, and it was not long until she entered the magical world of movies. She participated in the creation of the stop-motion animation effects in Tim Burton’s famous movie “Mars Attacks!” Soon after that, Smith landed a contract with Disney, where she worked on numerous animated projects. However, after three years, Smith was ready to accept new challenges and her career took a surprising turn, as she got a job in a construction company at LA International Airport. She used this time to do some work at Bongo Comics (where she was behind “The Simpsons” comic books) and devote herself to her dream- writing a novel. That is how “Lucy the Giant ” was conceived. Upon its initial release, Smith’s first novel was welcomed with praise and it was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young People. This was just the first drop in an ocean of accolades that this novel would eventually win. If “Lucy the Giant” was a success, what then to say about “Flygirl”? This novel turned out to be a small wonder, and the Washington Post even considered it as the best book of 2012. Smith gained a very strong core of fans and that incited her to continue with writing. This was a good call, as Sherri L. Smith still manages to write acclaimed young adult novels. This prolific author just could not stick to one job and she found a new occupation in a company that manufactures costumes and monsters for the sake of film industry. Nevertheless, writing stays Smith’s main preoccupation.

As it was stated, Smith’s sphere of interest revolves around young adult novels. Is there a better way to start talking about her books than to talk about Flygirl, a gold medalist in the selection of the California Book Awards? Flygirl is a story of Ida Mae Jones, a girl with big dreams in times of trouble. It is hard enough if you live in the WW2 period, it is even more difficult if you are a woman, and it is dreadful if you are an Afro-american in the USA. Nonetheless, if you have an ambition to become a world-class pilot, that takes your case to a whole new level. It seems like an impossible mission for many people. Not for Ida, though. She is a courageous girl with some baggage- her father was a renowned pilot, and she wants to follow his footsteps. Alas, those dreams are beyond the grasp of a black girl. Not even after the army conceives an organization called “Woman Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) does Ida get a chance to get her wings. This decision drives our protagonist to take drastic measures- she makes a complex cover-up and starts presenting herself as white. Soon after she gets her position in WASP and is finally able to help her brother who is fighting somewhere in Pacific. Nevertheless, a new life that Ida has to live is going to face her with some important existential issues and she will have to be calm and act wisely in order not to go astray in the process of adjusting.

“Lucy the Giant” is the very first book written by Smith and it was published in 2002. It received many recognitions and made Sherri famous. This novel also revolves around a young heroine, who is limited by her society. This time, the place is Alaska, and the protagonist is Lucy Otswego, an unusually tall girl. Of course, as it is usually the case in small communities, “unusual” is often deemed as “gross” and Lucy gets a bad reputation. Things at home are not better. Lucy’s mother is out of the picture, and her father is a heavy drinker prone to the violent outbursts. Lucy does not have many friends, except for Sheila and her dog Bar, whom she found on the street. However, Bar soon falls ill and Lucy’s father could not care less about taking him to the vet. Lucy finally decides that she had enough and starts planning a new life, far from the coldness of Alaska and its citizens. Lucy yearns for a chance to escape, and soon after that chance shows itself in the form of a crabbing boat that is looking for crew. Due to Lucy’s strong physiognomy and sturdy stature that give her the looks of a much older girl, she is received on a boat and taken to a life changing trip in the freezing regions of Bering Sea. This is a trip that will change Lucy’s way of thinking and help her grow up.

Anyone who is even remotely introduced to Smith’s work will soon realize that this author finds particularly interesting to write about (mostly) teenage misfits, people who are at the crossroads between childhood and adult age, but do not seem to firmly stand on either of these places. That is the heart of young adult novels. If an author can correctly represent those mixed feelings, mild confusion as well as the uncertainty of mind in that delicate age, he will undoubtedly find his way to the audience, just like Smith did.

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