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SpouseRobert McLachlan
FactChildren: twins John and Jamie.

Patricia MacLachlan is an American author of children’s books. She is best known for the Newbery Medal-winning book, Sarah, Plain and Tall and its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story. Her other popular works include Edward’s Eyes, Baby, and Fly Away.

MacLachlan was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on December 11, 1938. She was the middle child of three girls. Her father was a journalist and her mother was a homemaker. MacLachlan’s parents divorced when she was eight years old. She and her sisters were raised by their mother.

MacLachlan attended Cheyenne Central High School. She then went on to study English and journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After college, she worked as a journalist for a newspaper in Boulder.

In 1963, MacLachlan married Robert MacLachlan. The couple had three children together. In the 1970s, the family moved to New York City so that Robert could pursue a career in advertising.

In 1975, MacLachlan began writing children’s books. Her first book, Edward’s Eyes, was published in 1977. It was followed by Baby in 1980 and Fly Away in 1982.

MacLachlan’s most famous book, Sarah, Plain and Tall, was published in 1985. It tells the story of a widower who advertises for a wife and mother for his two children. Sarah, the woman who answers the ad, comes to live with the family on their farm in Pennsylvania. The book won the Newbery Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Sarah, Plain and Tall was followed by two sequels, Skylark in 1988 and Caleb’s Story in 2000. Both books were also well-received by critics and readers alike.

In addition to her work as an author, MacLachlan is also an accomplished editor. She has edited several anthologies of short stories for children, including A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal (1979), which won the Newbery Honor.

MacLachlan currently lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband Robert. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

General Info

Full NamePatricia MacLachlan
ProfessionAuthor, Screenwriter
EducationUniversity of Connecticut


SpouseRobert McLachlan
ChildrenJohn MacLachlan, Jamie Maclachlan


AwardsJohn Newbery Medal, Golden Kite Award for Fiction
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Long Form – Adapted
MoviesBaby, Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End, Sarah, Plain and Tall

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1On growth: Things do change -- if you let them.


1Children: twins John and Jamie.
2Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 130, pp. 266-273. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.



Baby2000TV Movie book / teleplay
Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End1999TV Movie written by
Journey1995TV Movie novel / teleplay
Skylark1993TV Movie characters from novel "Sarah, Plain and Tall" / written by
Sarah, Plain and Tall1991TV Movie book / teleplay


Baby2000TV Movie co-producer
Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End1999TV Movie co-producer
Journey1995TV Movie co-producer


Won Awards

2001Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsTelevision & CableBaby (2000)

Nominated Awards

2002WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAAdapted Long FormBaby (2000)
1996Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize90 Minute CategoryJourney (1995)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a SpecialSarah, Plain and Tall (1991)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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