Mark, Jan 1943-2006

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Mark, Jan 1943-2006
(Janet Marjorie Mark)


See index for SATA sketch: Born June 22, 1943, in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England; died January 16, 2006. Author. Mark was a two-time Carnegie Medal-winning author of stories for children who wrote for all ages, including novels for adults. She was interested in writing from a young age, and when she was just fifteen years old she entered a writing competition for the Daily Mirror and won second place. She earned a degree from the Canterbury College of Art in 1965 and then embarked on a teaching career. Teaching English and art at Southfields School in Kent until 1971, she left that occupation to focus on her family. When the publisher Kestrel Books established the Guardian Award for best children's book by a new talent, however, Mark could not resist submitting an entry. Her Thunder and Lightnings (1976) won the competition handily, as well as the Carnegie, and thus began what would be a prolific career. Mark found that she could write everything from picture books for young children to adult novels with great success. She also penned science fiction, including the trilogy comprised of The Ennead (1978), Divide and Rule (1979), and Aquarius (1982). Later in her career, concerned about the state of children's literature and its seeming continued lack of respect from critics, Mark earned praise for editing The Oxford Book of Children's Stories (1993).



Times (London, England), January 23, 2006, p. 53.