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Beatrice Sparks book manuscripts and proofs, approximately 1970-2000

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2224 Series 3

Scope and Contents note

Materials include manuscripts and proofs of Beatrice Sparks' books, both from her for her publishers, and from the printer's. The materials relate to the following books: "Almost Lost," 1996, with alternate title variation "It's My Candle, I Can Blow It Out If I Want To"; "Annie's Baby"; "It Happened to Nancy"; "Hey! What's Eating Kim?"; "Jay's Journal"; "Treacherous Loving"; "Sammy Sully's Sister Sally's Silly Slippery Sayings"; and others. Dates range approximately 1970-2000.


  • Other: approximately 1970-2000


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Open to public research. Carton 8 and boxes 10-12 are restricted until 2060. Permission to use these materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

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Biographical History

From the Collection:

Beatrice Sparks (1917- ) is an author with a Ph.D. in human behavior. She is a specialist in child and adolescent psychology, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).

Sparks was born to Vivian Johns and Leonard Clarence Mathews on January 15, 1917 in Goldberg, Idaho. She grew up in Logan, Utah the third of five children. She moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, where she met and married LaVorn G. Sparks. Their family includes four children, and several grandchildren. After attending University of California at Los Angeles and Brigham Young University she started working as an Adolescent Phycologist. She also taught continuing education courses at Brigham Young University, and wrote newspaper columns for the Malibu Monitor, the Santa Monica Outlook, and the California Intermountain News.

Her work as an author continued with publishing several books, but she was most notable for her work editing and producing novels from teenage diaries regarding the themes of adolescent drug use, depression, psychotherapy, pregnancy, witchcraft, suicide, AIDS, attitudes, interpersonal communications and intergenerational conflict. Sparks has won the American Library Association Young Adult Notable Award, the Christopher Medal, School Library Journal Best Books, and Quick Pick for Recommended Reading by the American Library Association. She has also served as a judge for the National Book Awards. In addition to her literary work, Beatrice and LaVorn served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1986 to 1987. They worked on development and launch of the Family to Family Book of Mormon Project.


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