Patricia Beatty, an award-winning author whose children's books evoke a sense of the nation's history, died at Riverside Community Hospital after a brief illness. She was 69 and her family did not release the cause of death.
Ms. Beatty, who died Tuesday, gained national recognition for her historical novels for young readers, including "Lupita Manana" and "Charley Skedaddle."
Her first book, "Indian Canoemaker," was published in 1960. Her 50th book, "Jayhawker," about a boy abolitionist during the Civil War, is due out this fall.
She won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award in 1972 for "Lupita Manana."
Two years later, she won the Distinguished Body of Work award from the Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People. She also was a two-time winner of the council's prize for distinguished fiction.