Faculty


Darcy Pattison

Published in nine languages, children’s book author and writing teacher Darcy Pattison has been published with Harcourt, Philomel/Penguin, Harpercollins, Arbordale, and Mims House. Her books received recognition for excellence with starred reviews in Kirkus, BCCB and PW. Twice her books have been honored as National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade books. The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt) received an Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature Honor Book award, was named a Notable Book in Language Arts, and has been reprinted in a Houghton Mifflin textbook.

In 1999, Darcy created the highly acclaimed Novel Revision Retreat and has since taught it across the United States; alumni of that retreat include Kirby Larson with Hattie Big Sky and Caroline Starr Rose with May B. Darcy is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature.

Picture book titles include:

  • The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story (Junior Library Guild selection) (Fall, 2017)
  • Clang! Ernst Chladni’s Sound Experiments (Spring, 2018)
  • My Dirty Dog: My Informative Essay (Spring, 2018)
  • Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub (Mims House), 2015 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
  • Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for Over 60 Years (Mims House), a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly
  • Desert Baths (Arbordale), an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2013
  • Prairie Storms (Arbordale)
  • I Want a Dog: My Opinion Essay (Mims House)
  • I Want a Cat: My Opinion Essay (Mims House)
  • My Crazy Dog: My Narrative Essay (Mims House)
  • The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt), which received an Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature Honor Book award, starred reviews in BCCB and Kirkus, and has been reprinted in a Houghton Mifflin textbook
  • Searching for Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt)
  • 19 Girls and Me (Philomel/Penguin)
  • 11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph (Mims House), winner of “The Help” Children’s Story Contest.
  • The River Dragon (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard/Harpercollins)
  • Burn: Michael Faraday’s Candle (Mims House, February, 2016)
  • My Dirty Dog: My Informative Essay (Mims House, Fall, 2016)
  • Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: How a Jumping Spider Learned to Hunt in Space (Mims House, Fall, 2016), a a 2017 National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade Book

Novels include:

  • The Blue Planets World Series (YA Sci-Fi)
  • Sleepers (Summer, 2017)
  • Sirens (Fall, 2017)
  • Pilgrims (Fall, 2017)
  • The Wayfinder (Harpercollins)
  • Vagabonds (Mims House)
  • The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargoyle (Mims House)
  • Saucy and Bubba (Mims House)
  • Longing for Normal (Mims House)
  • The Aliens Inc. Series – short chapter books (Mims House)
    • Book 1: Kell, the Alien
    • Book 2: Kell and the Horse Apple Parade
    • Book 3: Kell and the Giants
    • Book 4: Kell and the Detectives

“I didn’t know anything about revising until I took Darcy’s Novel Revision Retreat. I finally ‘got it’ that reworking a manuscript is not revising. To revise something means to re-vision it, to see it through a new lens. The workshop and the Novel Metamorphosis workbook moved me from wordsmith to novel writer.”—Kirby Larson, who wrote the foreword to the retreat workbook, Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise