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Sunday, May 7 • 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Beyond Inspiration: Middle Grade Author Panel

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How middle grade authors empower readers to explore, support, and improve their world.

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Christi Farrar

Consultant, Mass. Library System
Christi Showman Farrar started her library career as a youth services librarian and spent a decade serving children, teens, and their families in public libraries. Christi now works as a Consultant for the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), where she gets to be a “librarian’s... Read More →

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Dana Alison Levy

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher was her first novel, and has received several starred reviews, been placed on a number of “Best Of” lists, and is on five state reading lists. The companion novel, The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island, was released in May 2016. Her newest... Read More →
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Jennifer Jacobson

Jennifer is the author of many award-winning children’s books including Small as an Elephant (Parents' Choice Gold Award), Paper Things (ILA Social Justice Award) and her newest launch, The Dollar Kids illustrated by Ryan Andrews (Indie Next List and Amazon Book of the Month).  This... Read More →
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Lauren Wolk

Lauren Wolk is a novelist, poet, visual artist, and Associate Director at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Her middle grade novel, Wolf Hollow, is a 2017 Newbery Honor as well as the winner of the 2016 New England Book Award. Her next book, Beyond the Bright Sea, will be available in May 2017... Read More →
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Megan Frazer Blakemore

Megan Frazer Blakemore’s middle grade novels include The Firefly Code, The Friendship Riddle, The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill, and The Water Castle, the latter of which was named Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2013, a Bank Street College Best Book 2014, a Junior Library Guild... Read More →
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Nate Ball

Nate Ball is the host of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning PBS reality shows Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. An MIT graduate with a master’s in mechanical engineering, He is the co-author of the Alien in my Pocket series. Nate is also the cofounder of Atlas Devices, a two-time... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 2:30pm - 3:25pm EDT
Orleans 1st Floor