ABOUT TRACY BARRETT

  • SCBWI’s US Regional Advisor Coordinator, Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really needs to know, can read lots of dead languages, and used to jump out of airplanes.

          Tracy grew up near New York City, and went to college in New England and graduate school in California. She majored in Classics and earned a Ph.D. in Medieval Italian. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study
    medieval women writers and won the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005. She taught Italian and other subjects at Vanderbilt University for almost thirty years. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Nobody is a secondary character in her own life. I like to examine the untold story of a historical person forgotten to history, or a fictional sidekick or antagonist whose only purpose in a familiar story is to make the “main” character shine.

    My novel Anna of Byzantium tells the fictionalized story of a real medieval princess whose astonishing life is little known to the general public. King of Ithaka explores Telemachos, the son of Odysseus (hero of Homer’s Odyssey), in a coming-of-age story where the great Greek wanderer loses some of his lustre. Dark of the Moon (shows us the myth of the Minotaur from the points of view of Ariadne, the “monster’s” sister, and Theseus, his killer. The Stepsister’s Tale gives a new view of Cinderella, and my most recent nonfiction, The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, introduces readers to some little-known Greek myths. My two 2018 releases depart from this pattern: Marabel and the Book of Fate is a fantasy about a kick-butt princess, and Freefall Summer tells the story of a skydiving teen.

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  • Magazine Articles
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    The Children's Crusade

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    Appleseeds

    2001