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Sharon Draper publishes Darkness Before Dawn, the final book in the young adult trilogy that began with Tears of a Tiger. Draper also publishes a book for teachers titled Not Quite Burned Out But Crispy Around the Edges.

Jane Louise Curry's novel Poor Tom's Ghost is published.

The Essential Ellison: A 50 Year Retrospective is published. Also that year, Harlan Ellison's first book for his young adult collection, Troublemakers: Stories by Harlan Ellison, is published.

Tracey Dils publishes a young adult book titled The Exxon Valdez: Great Disasters, Reforms and Ramifications.

Rita Dove receives the Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award in the Literary Arts.

James Cross Giblin's book Writing Books for Young People is published.

Black Heroes, a book written by Nikki Giovanni and Jessie Carney Smith, is published.

William Greenway receives the Ohioana Poetry Award.

Richard Howard's books Bonaparte's Avengers and Bonaparte's Conquerers are published.

John Jakes's novel The Bold Frontier (previously published as In the Big Country) is published.

Crooked River Burning, a fictional novel that also pays tribute to the city of Cleveland, is published by Mark Winegardner.

Christine Delea is awarded the Editor's Poetry Prize from the Spoon River Poetry Review.

The fantasy novel Knight or Knave is published. The book was written by Andre Norton and Sasha Miller.

H. M. Hoover's novel Another Heaven, Another Earth is published.

Dav Pilkey's book The Captain Underpants Extra Crunchy Book O' Fun, which is part of the Captain Underpants series, is published. Also, Dav's first Captain Underpants book, The Adventures of Captain Underpants, receives the Buckeye Children's Book Award.

On September 11, commercial jetliners hijacked by terrorists crash into both World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon; a fourth plane, believed to be headed for Washington, D.C., crashes into a field in Pennsylvania. All on board the four jets are killed; thousands in New York and Washington are killed or injured.

On October 7, U.S. and Britain launch air attacks against targets in Afghanistan after Taliban government fails to hand over Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks.

Margaret Peterson Haddix publishes three novels this year: The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Among the Imposters, and Takeoffs and Landings.

John Jakes receives the Cooper Medal, which is presented by the Thomas Cooper Library of the University of South Carolina. Also, Charleston, a novel by John Jakes, is published.

Sharon Creech's novel Ruby Holler receives a Carnegie Medal.

Jane Louise Curry's novel The Egyptian Box is published.


A biography written by James Cross Giblin titled The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler is published.

Nikki Giovanni's book Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems is published. Also that year, In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is published. Giovanni wrote this book along with other authors.

Herbert Gold publishes two novels: The Diamonds of Medina and The Magic Will: Stories and Essays.

Craig Holden's novel The Jazz Bird is published.

Lois McMaster Bujold's novel Curse of Chalion wins the the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.

Andre Norton's book Mark of the Cat: Year of the Rat is published. Also this year, The Elvenborn, written by Norton with Mercedes Lackey, is published.

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars, written by Dav Pilkey, is published.

Janet Hickman, author of historical novels for young adults, publishes Ravine.

The Land, a novel by Mildred Taylor published in 2001, is honored with the Coretta Scott King Award. This is the fourth time Taylor has won this citation.

Angela Johnson's book Looking for Red is published.

I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio is published and includes work by Christine Delea, Wiliam Greenway, noted poet and professor of literature at Youngstown State University, and Elton Glaser, edited the book.

Sharon Draper's novel Double Dutch is published.

Three novels written by Margaret Peterson Haddix are published: Because of Anya, Anya's Wig, and Turnabout.

Mildred Wirt Benson, best known under her pen name Carolyn Keene, dies May 28 at age ninety-six.

Virginia Hamilton, award-winning author of multicultural books for children, dies on February 19.

On November 25, President George W. Bush signs legislation creating new Cabinet Department of Homeland Security.

Sharon Creech's novel Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is published.

Hold up the Sky, Jane Louise Curry's collection of Native American folktales from Texas and the southern plains, is published.

On February 1, the space shuttle Columbia explodes upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts on board.

Tracey Dils's book for middle school students, a biography titled Mother Teresa, is published.


On March 1, Ohio kicks off a nine-month celebration of its bicentennial.

The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni is published. Also, Don't Hold Me Back: My Life and Art, is published. The book was authored by Giovanni and Winfred Rembert.

Sharon Draper publishes the novel The Battle of Jericho.

James Cross Giblin's novel The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler wins the 2003 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award.

Toni Morrison's novel Love is published.

On March 20, war in Iraq begins with an air strike on Baghdad.

Author and illustrator Lynda Durrant publishes an historical novel titled The Sun, the Rain, and the Apple Seed: A Novel of Johnny Appleseed's Life.

A marker honoring Ambrose Bierce is installed near his birthplace on the grounds of Eastern High School in Meigs County. Also this year, a new film version of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is premiered. The story was originally published in 1891, and the original film version, released in 1962, was first prize winner at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.

Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit, coauthored by Richard Howard and Timothy Donnelly, is published. Another Howard book is published this year: A Smuggler's Bible, which is written with Joseph McElroy.

Angela Johnson is named to the 2003 MacArthur Fellows Program.

Poet William Greenway's seventh collection of poems, Ascending Order, is published.

Christine Delea's book of poetry titled Moving the Language is published.

Robert McCloskey dies June 30 in Deer Isle, Maine, at the age of eighty-eight.

Dav Pilkey publishes a number of books, including the latest installments in his Captain Underpants series: Captain Underpants and The Wrath of The Wicked Wedgie Woman and Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-boogers. Other publications new this year include Dragon's Halloween and Dragon's Merry Christmas.

The novel series Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix is published. Two novels by Haddix are also published: Aunt Memory and Escape from Memory.

On April 27, a historical marker honoring Sherwood Anderson is dedicated in Clyde, Ohio.

The book Conversations with Rita Dove is published. The book is written by Earl G. Ingersoll.


Brave Cloelia, a novel by Jane Louise Curry, is scheduled for publication.

Margaret Peterson Haddix's novel, Say What, and novel series, Among the Brave, are scheduled for publication.

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