Doris Buchanan Smith

author of A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES

Selected Works

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 ONE 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 need not hear the typewriter to know she was busy. Writing involved thinking. As it concerned her writing time, Mom had just one rule; don't knock on the door between 9 and noon, except in 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 had to tell her. Of course, none of these constituted an emergency.

If anyone phoned asking for Mom, we were told to say that she was not at home. One morning my Dad answered the phone, and since this was no ordinary call he knocked ever so gently on Mom's office door. At first there was only silence. Dad knocked a second time, and said, “Honey, it’s not life and death, but take my word, you’re home! You're home!”

An editor from New York was calling Mom to say that the largest publisher of children's books in the world had accepted her novel. My mother’s first book would go on to receive many awards, and it continues to engage readers, of all ages, to this very 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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