Just Who is this Randall Platt?
Hint: Not a Guy!
Randall Platt writes fiction for adults and young adults and those who aren’t sure which they are. Platt, a lifelong resident of the Upper Left Hand Corner, has been a full-time writer for twenty-five years which is certainly long enough to know better. But since Platt finds no shortage of fascinating characters and stories springing from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the books just keep coming. Which explains why nearly all Platt’s novels take place in Washington or Oregon.
Platt’s novels have won several awards including twice winning the Willa Literary Award and twice winning the Will Rogers Medallion for best young adult literature. Platt has also received the Keystone State Reading Award, been a finalist for the PEN Center USA award as well twice being a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Platt is a sought-after speaker and presenter at conferences, schools, and libraries, specializing in fun and honest answers shot straight from the hip. Email her if you want to hook up. firstname.lastname@example.org
Several of Platt’s novels have two things common – they take place during World War II and feature a strong female protagonist who stands up, stands out, and resists. The paperback edition of Incommunicado, set during the first turbulent months of World War Two and dealing with Japanese internment, is a chosen title for two Scholastic Book Clubs.
The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die was released in the spring of 2017, and is an intense young adult novel of street kids surviving and resisting on the Nazi-occupied streets of Warsaw. It was a finalist for the 2019 Washington State Book Award.
Released in July of 2019 from HarperCollins Children’s Books is Professor Renoir’s Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights. The world’s largest girl and the world’s smallest girl join forces to escape a cheap carnival, taking with them three aging animals, destined for the taxidermist . . . Euclid the Chimp, Jupiter the bear, and Egypt the Elephant.
Platt’s first novel, The Four Arrows Fe-As-Ko was filmed by Sullivan Entertainment as Promise The Moon. And yes, there is a long story about that one!
Several times a week Platt puts away the words and heads for the nearest handball court or hiking trail.