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Tag: YA author

Tonya Bolden

  • February 5, 2020
Tonya Bolden is a critically acclaimed award-winning author/co-author/editor of more than two dozen books for young people. They include Crossing Ebeneezer Creek, which received five starred reviews; Finding Family, which received two starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews and Bank Street Best Childrens Book of the Year; Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, a Coretta...
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Tiffany Jewell

  • February 5, 2020
Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, parent, and Montessori educator who has been doing the work of dismantling white supremacy through education for twelve years. In addition to her job as a teacher, she has designed curricula, given workshops, and presented at conferences on her work addressing social inequity through the lenses of race,...
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Tehlor Kay Mejia

  • February 5, 2020
Tehlor Kay Mejia is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire, as well as its new sequel, We Unleash the Merciless Storm, and Miss Meteor (co-written with National Book Award nominee Anna-Marie McLemore). Her middle grade debut, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, releases from...
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Samantha Mabry

  • February 5, 2020
Samantha Mabry is the author of the acclaimed novels, A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All the Wind in the World, the latter of which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2017. She and her family split their time between Mineral Wells and Dallas, where she teaches composition, creative writing, and Latinx Literature...
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Mari Mancusi

  • February 5, 2020
Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately, the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small, so she chose to write about them instead. As a former Emmy Award-winning TV news producer, she now works as a full-time author, having published over two dozen books...
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Naomi Shihab Nye

  • February 5, 2020
Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a wandering poet. She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. She was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Her books of poetry...
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Maureen Johnson

  • February 5, 2020
Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen YA novels, including the Truly Devious series, the Shades of London series, Suite Scarlett, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Her collaborative books include Ghosts of the Shadow Market (with Cassandra Clare), as well as Let It Snow (with...
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Michelle Ruiz Keil

  • February 5, 2020
Michelle Ruiz Keil is a writer and tarot reader with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. She is the recipient of a 2020 Literary Lions honor and a 2020 Hedgebrook residency and curates the fairytale reading series All Kinds of Fur. She is the author of All of Us with Wings,...
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Lorenzo Gomez III

  • February 5, 2020
Lorenzo Gomez III overcame his mental health obstacles to become a proud participant in the transformation of the city he lovesSan Antonio. Hes the chairman of Geekdom, Texass largest coworking space, the cofounder of the 80/20 Foundation and Tech Bloc, and has served on the board of several nonprofits, including SA2020 and City Education Partners....
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Isabel Ibañez

  • February 5, 2020
Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid moviegoer and loves hosting family and friends around the dinner table. She currently...
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Isabel Quintero

  • February 5, 2020
Isabel Quintero was born and raised by Mexican immigrant parents in Southern California’s Inland Empire. She earned her BA in English and her MA in English Composition at California State University, San Bernardino. Her debut YA novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, won the 2015 Morris Award for Debut YA Fiction and the Tomás Rivera...
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Ibi Zoboi

  • February 5, 2020
Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and immigrated to the U.S. when she was four years old. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was a recipient of the Norma Fox Mazer Award. She is the New York Times bestselling author of...
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