Paula Fox

American book author

Paula Fox (April 22, 1923 – March 1, 2017) was an American author of novels for adults and children and of two memoirs. For her contributions as a children's writer she won the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1978, the highest international recognition for a creator of children's books. She was born in New York City.

She also won several awards for particular children's books including the 1974 Newbery Medal for her novel The Slave Dancer; a 1983 National Book Award in category Children's Fiction (paperback) for A Place Apart; and the 2008 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for A Portrait of Ivan (1969) in its German-language edition Ein Bild von Ivan.

Fox died at age 93 at a hospital in Brooklyn from congestive heart failure on March 1, 2017.[1]


  1. Fox, Margalit (March 3, 2017). "Paula Fox, Novelist Who Chronicled Dislocation, Dies at 93". The New York Times.

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