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Gloria Whelan (born November 23, 1923) is an American poet, short story writer, and novelist known primarily for children's and young adult fiction. She won the annual National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2000 for the novel ''Homeless Bird''. She also won the 2013 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction for her short story ''What World Is This?'' and the work became the title for the independent publisher's 2013 collection of short stories.
Whelan's books include many historical fiction novels, including a trilogy set on Mackinac Island and a quartet series set in communist Russia. Whelan is also the author of short stories which have appeared in ''The Ontario Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review'', and other literary quarterlies. Her collection of short stories, ''Playing with Shadows'', was published by the Illinois Press. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies and in ''Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards''. Whelan is, according to Liz Rosenberg in the ''Chicago Tribune'', "an accomplished, graceful, and intelligent writer." Provided by Wikipedia