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Lisa GraffGuest Author
Lisa Graff is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the 2013 National Book Award nominee, A Tangle of Knots, as well as Lost in the Sun, Absolutely Almost, Double Dog Dare, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, The Thing About Georgie and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. She is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects. Her protagonists face life’s obstacles with extraordinary grit, determination and a healthy dose of humor. She evokes empathy while portraying everyday characters dealing with struggles. In 2016 she published her first picture book, It is Not Time for Sleeping, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Her books have been named to more than forty state award lists and have been touted as Best Books of the Year by booksellers, teachers, and librarians.
Jewell RhodesGuest Author
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of the Louisiana Girls children’s book trilogy, which includes Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic. Her children’s books have received the Parents’ Choice Foundation Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, and the Jane Addam’s Children’s Book Award, among others. Towers Falling, her newest middle grade novel, is on the Master List for the Texas Bluebonnet Award and was named one of the best young adult books of the year by Seventeen Magazine. Jewell is the Founding Artistic Director and Piper Endowed Chair at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has also written many award-winning books for adults.
Grace LinGuest Author
Grace Lin is a NY Times bestselling author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. Grace’s novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was awarded the Newbery Honor in 2010 and Grace’s early reader, Ling and Ting was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. Most recently, the cover illustration for her novel When the Sea Turned Silver, a 2016 National Book Award Finalist, was displayed at the White House, where Grace was recognized as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. Many of Grace’s books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.”