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Jay Asher‘s debut YA novel, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past nine years and is in production to be a thirteen-part series on Netflix. He is also the author of the forthcoming WHAT LIGHT.
Jonathan Auxier is the author of several award-winning books of middle grade fiction, including PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES and THE NIGHT GARDENER. His newest book SOPHIE QUIRE is the long-awaited follow up to PETER NIMBLE.
Kendare Blake is the author of ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, a Cybils finalist and other YA titles. Her books have been on multiple "best of" lists. The newest,THREE DARK CROWNS, is described as “... completely addicting.”
Sarah Cortez, author, poet, teacher, and police officer has written poems, essays, and short stories which have been published in various journals such as Texas Monthly. She has won the Southwest Book Award, multiple Latino Book Awards, and the Skipping Stones Honor Award.
Award-winning author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas sizzles on stage with “revved-up storytelling.”
Blogger and chef, Kid Chef Eliana, is an inspiration to kids and adults alike.
Award-winning illustrator AG Ford has illustrated picture books for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sharon Robinson, Ilyasah Shabazz, Martin Luther King III, Nick Cannon, Jonah Winter, The Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many others.
Christina Diaz Gonzalez is the award-winning author of THE RED UMBRELLA, THE THUNDEROUS WHISPER, and her newest book MOVING TARGET.
Nathan Hale is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the NATHAN HALE'S HAZARDOUS TALES series. He also illustrated the graphic novel RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE, which was a TODAY show “Al’s Book Club for Kids” selection.
e. lockhart is the award-winning author of WE WERE LIARS, FLY ON THE WALL, DRAMARAMA, REAL LIFE BOYFRIENDS and other amazing YA books.
Kelsey Macke, author of the Young Adult novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED.
Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist has a head full of science, a heart full of music and a car full of truly goofy props to entertain viewers.
Julie Murphy, is the award-winning author of Young Adult books, including DUMPLIN'. Her newest novel, SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, is a New York Times Bestseller.
Daniel Jose Older, author of the BONE STREET RUMBA urban fantasy series and the Young Adult novel SHADOWSHAPER has been hailed as a "rising star of the genre."
Author and screen writer, James Ponti is the author of the exciting, face-paced DEAD CITY trilogy. His newest title, FRAMED! A T.O.A.S.T. MYSTERY is sure to be a fun and favorite mystery for readers!
Janet Stevens has been writing and illustrating books for over 30 years. Her titles include THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY, HELP ME, MR. MUTT, THE LITTLE RED PEN, and the Caldecott Honor Book TOPS AND BOTTOMS.
Danielle Vann has created a new, spunky character in the first of her GRACIE LOU series, titled GRACIE LOU AND THE BAD DREAM EATER. Her newest title,THE WHIZBANG MACHINE, will be out later this year and is a fast-paced mystery novel for YA readers.
Joaquín Zihuatanejo is a poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher who was born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas.
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