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My Life Matters: Teens Challenging Expectations

The expectations of adults and peers can create boxes that confine teens. Four YA authors share the ways in which teens in their books challenge and go beyond societal expectations of gender, race, sexuality and social class to become their own selves.

Tanaz Bhathena

Tanaz Bhathena was born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada. She is the author of "A Girl Like That" and "The Beauty of the Moment" (forthcoming Feb. 26, 2019). Her short stories have appeared in various journals including Blackbird, Witness and Room....

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Bill Konigsberg

Bill Konigsberg is the author of five books for young adults, most recently "Honestly Ben." His books have won awards including the Stonewall Book Award, the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and the Lambda Literary Award....

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Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon grew up in Indiana but wanted to see the rest of the world. Now she travels all over the country meeting young readers and sharing her books, which include "The Rock and the River," "Camo Girl" and "Shadows of Sherwood," from The Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series....

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Matt Mendez

Like his characters, Matt Mendez grew up in central El Paso, Texas. He received an MFA from the University of Arizona and is the author of the short story collection "Twitching Heart." He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona....

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