Pfitsch, Patricia Curtis


Patricia Curtis Pfitsch was born February 24, 1948 in St. Louis, MO. She went to Knox College and received her B.A. in 1970. Pfitsch went on to receive her M.A. from the University of Georgia in 1974. She married John Hollis Pfitsch (a philosopher & teacher) on December 27, 1969 and had three children: Hollis, Woody & Jane. Pfitsch started as a freelance writer in 1970 but found that she would prefer to be an instructor and librarian at Carl Sandburg Community College in Galesburg, IL. Which she did from 1978 to 1980. Pfitsch currently lives in Gray Mills, WI and is an instructor at the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Pfitsch has received many awards for her literature, but here a just a few. In 1998 Pfitsch received the Juvenile Fiction Award for Keeper of the Light. In 1999 she received the Arthur Tofte Juvenile Fiction Award for The Deeper Song. Pfitsch was honored a second time in 2003 with the Arthur Tofte Juvenile Fiction Award for Riding the Flume.

Selected Work

Title: Keeper of the Light

Author: Patricia Curtis Pfitsch

Publisher: Aladdin

Year: 2002

Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Format: Paperback; 144 pages; 20cm x 13cm

ISBN: 0689852525; 978-0689852527

MARC Record

Faith helped her father tend his light off Lake Superior until he drowned attempting a lifeboat rescue during a storm. She serves for five months as interim keeper, with no adult assistance. When Nathaniel Kent is appointed to replace her permanently, his keeping falls short of Faith’s standards. Finally she intervenes at the point of a crisis, in an exciting race for time that saves the lives of her mother and his uncle.

Other Works

The Mystery of the Clever Cat. Illustrated by Vicki Learner. Rigby 2004.

Who Did It?. Illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Rigby 2004.

Where Is Kitty?. Illustrated by Burgandy Beam. Rigby 2008.

Westward To Oregon. Illustrated by John English. Rigby 2000.

The Birthday Surprise. Illustrated by Cynthia Fisher. Rigby 2004.

More Information

If you want to learn more about Mrs. Pfitsch please visit her official website.

Patricia Curtis Pfitsch Official Website


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