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Linda Sue Park was born in Urbana, Ill., and grew up outside Chicago. The daughter of Korean immigrants, she has been writing poems and stories since she was 4 years old, and her favorite thing to do as a child was to read. The first work she ever published was when she was 9 – a poem in a children's magazine. She was paid $1 by check, which she gave to her father, who still has it in a frame. In 1983 Park left her job and moved to Dublin, where she married and started a family. In 1990 she and her family moved to the United States. Park eventually realized that she really wanted to write books for children. In 1997, she started writing her first book, "Seesaw Girl." It was accepted that same year and published in 1999. Park won the Newbery Award in 2002 for "A Single Shard." She is the author of "The 39 Clues: Book 9, Storm Warning" (Scholastic). She is also a contributor to the serialized story called "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure," available exclusively on the Library of Congress website at www.Read.gov. Park lives in New York state.