Katherine Paterson

I read because I want more than one life, and books give me a limitless number of lives—lives that are different from the one I was born into. I have lived in other lands and times, and have experienced how it feels to belong to another race or gender. I have even lived the life of a pig saved by a spider, a mouse in Ben Franklin’s hat, and a poor boy who becomes an Olympic gold-medalist. Reading has immeasurably enriched my one life. Come to think of it, that’s also why I like to write—so that I can live many lives.

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