Pat Schmatz

Pat Schmatz grew up in rural Wisconsin, knowing that the only thing she wanted was to be a writer. She detoured to Michigan State University and UC–Berkeley for degrees in psychology and physical education, but circled quickly back to the world of adolescent literature. She now lives in Wisconsin, traveling frequently to Minneapolis for work and fun.

Pat’s first book, Mrs. Estronsky and the UFO, is a middle grade novel published by Windstorm Creative in 2001. Her next book, Circle the Truth (Carolrhoda Books, 2007) was a 2003 recipient of a fellowship grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. It was chosen by the Wisconsin Library Association as one of the Outstanding Books for Children by a Wisconsin Author in 2008, and was named by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education in their 2008 Edition of The Best Children’s Books of the Year. Mousetraps, also with Carolrhoda Books, was released in Fall 2008.

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Author photo by Edie Walker


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2016 Outstanding Achievement in children’s literature, The Wisconsin Library Association
2015, Winner, James Tiptree Jr. Award


Bluefish (Candlewick, 2011) In the masterfully told BLUEFISH, Travis Roberts and Vida “Velveeta” Wojciehowski become great friends as they each overcome losses in their lives and find new possibilities. 

2012 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, National Council of  Teachers of English Josette Frank Award for Fiction,
Bank Street College of Education, 2012
Junior Library Guild Selection
Crystal Kite Award (SCBWI Midwest)
Horn Book, Best of 2011
ALA Notable
Top 10 Indie NEXT List
2010 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship

“Bluefish hooks the reader from the first page with a voice that is fresh, captivating, and assured, and characters that compel us as often with their silences as with their words. Schmatz’s language is imaginative and direct, with pitch-perfect turns of phrase. Velveeta writes of Calvin, ‘You’re more not here every day.’ Travis recognizes Grandpa’s truck by its sound: ‘the slowing-down of it, the ready-to-pounce of it.’ This is a story of ordinary lives that packs tremendous emotional wallop without a shred of sentimentality.”
– PEN American Center jury

Agent: David Bennett