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Magic and Adventure: A Carousel of Middle Grade Authors

Meet a bunch of authors in 60 minutes. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.

Austin Aslan

Austin Aslan is the author of "The Islands at the End of the World" and "The Girl at the Center of the World." A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, he can often be found exploring the wilds of Northern Arizona and camping in a tent on a punctured air mattress....

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J. C. Cervantes

Jennifer (J.C.) Cervantes is a New York Times best-selling and award-winning children's author. Her most recent book, "The Storm Runner," was released in September 2018 with a sequel, "The Fire Keeper," coming in 2019....

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Sayantani DasGupta

Sayantani DasGupta grew up hearing stories about brave princesses, bloodthirsty rakkhosh and flying pakkhiraj horses. She is a pediatrician by training but now teaches at Columbia University. She writes the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series....

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Stuart Gibbs

Stuart Gibbs is the author of the FunJungle series, as well as the New York Times best-selling Spy School and Moon Base Alpha series. He has written screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on animated films and developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC and Fox....

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Russell Ginns

Russell Ginns used to design puzzles and games. Now he creates fine literature about Samantha Spinner and her brother Nipper. Okay, he still makes puzzles and games, but he hides them in his books. His new book is "Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans....

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Corey Ann Haydu

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of "Rules for Stealing Stars," "The Someday Suitcase" and four acclaimed books for teens. She grew up in the Boston area, earned her MFA at the New School and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family....

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Peter Lerangis

Peter Lerangis is the author of more than 170 books, which have sold more than six million copies and been translated into 34 different languages. His nine New York Times best-sellers include all five books in the Seven Wonders series, "The Colossus Rises," "Lost in Babylon," "Tomb of Shadows," "The Curse of the King," "The Legend of the Rift" and three books in the 39 Clues series....

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Mari Mancusi

Mari Mancusi is a former multiple Emmy award-winning TV news producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for kids, teens and adults including her newest series The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek from Disney Books....

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Stacy McAnulty

Stacy McAnulty is a children's book author who has written dozens of books including her most recent book, a debut middle-grade novel, "The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl." Which is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book "Excellent Ed," illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach....

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Margaret Mincks

Margaret Mincks grew up the second oldest of eight kids. When she wasn't swimming, acting, making up slightly disturbing songs or filming B-movie parodies with siblings and friends, she was writing stories....

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