Rachel SimonRachel Simon is the award-winning author of six books and a nationally-recognized public speaker on issues related to diversity and disability. Her titles include the bestsellers The Story of Beautiful Girl and Riding The Bus With My Sister. Both books are frequent selections of book clubs and school reading programs around the country. Rachel's work has been adapted for theater, NPR, the Lifetime Channel, and Hallmark Hall of Fame, whose adaptation of Riding The Bus With My Sister starred Rosie O' Donnell and Andie McDowell, and was directed by Anjelica Huston.

Rachel Simon's awards include The American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson Recognition Award for Contributions to the Field of Disability.She has also received numerous creative writing fellowships. Rachel Simon writes full time and lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Awards and Recognition for Riding the Bus with My Sister:
• School Library Journal Best Nonfiction of 2003
• Secretary Tommy G. Thompson Recognition Award for Contributions to the Field of Disability from the US Department of Health and Human Services
• TASH Image Award for positive portrayals of people with disabilities
• Media Access Award from California Governor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities
• Selection of numerous One Community-One Book programs nationwide

Additional Honors:
• One of the only authors to have been selected twice for the Barnes & Nobel Discover New Writers Award, once for the novel The Magic Touch, and again for the memoir, Riding The Bus With My Sister
• Creative Writing Fellowship recipient from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation
• Adaptations of stories and books have been produced by the NPR program “Selected Shorts”; the Lifetime television series “The Hidden Room”; the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia; and Hallmark Hall of Fame
• Recipient of 2009 Wilmington Award for personal achievement and collaborative effort to strengthen Wilmington, DE


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