Doris Buchanan Smith

author of A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES

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Juvenile Fiction
A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES blazed the way for the many other grief books that quickly followed, but few have approached the place of honor this one holds: Jim Trelease, Giant Treasury Of Great Read-Aloud Books
A Taste of Blackberries, 19th Edition

Doris Buchanan Smith (1934-2002)

FEW HAVE APPROACHED THE PLACE OF HONOR THIS BOOK HOLDS

Doris Buchanan Smith (June 1, 1934-August 8, 2002)


Mother was in her office with the door closed, which meant that she was not to be disturbed. You needn't hear her typewriter to know she was hard at work. Writing also involved thinking. Mom had just one rule for us to follow; don't knock on her office door between 9 and noon, unless it was an emergency. But we'd bang on her door anyway, asking for milk money, or for help resolving a dispute, or if we had something terribly funny we wanted to tell her. None of these constituted an emergency.

If anyone telephoned asking for Mom we were to say that she was not at home. One morning my Dad answered the phone, and knowing it was no ordinary phone call, gently knocked on Mom's office door. At first there was only silence. So Dad knocked a second time, saying, “Honey, it’s not life and death, but you can take my word for it, you’re home! Your home!”

An editor was calling from New York City to tell Mom that her life’s ambition was realized. The largest publisher of children's books had accepted her novel. A book which would go on to receive wide acclaim, and that continues to engage readers to this day.

Have you read A Taste of Blackberries?

"It will be difficult to find a children's book this autumn by a new author as good as Doris Buchanan Smith's A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES." © Times Literary Supplement 1975

"The author weaves a believable and poignant tale of friendship, loss, and acceptance." Book Links

"It blazed the way for the many other grief books that quickly followed, but few have approached the place of honor this one holds!" Jim Trelease - Giant Treasury Of Great Read-Aloud Books

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