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The High Cost of Freedom

Freedom can come at great cost. Four authors who write across reality, history and fantasy explore how the universal desire for freedom plays out in their books.

Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt has written more than 40 books for children and young adults. She is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary award-winning and best-selling "The Underneath" as well as the National Book Award finalist "The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp," "Maybe a Fox" (with Alison McGhee), "Keeper" and many picture books including "Counting Crows....

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R. Gregory Christie

R. Gregory Christie is an Atlanta-based children's book illustrator with more than 20 years of experience and more than 60 books to his credit. He currently freelances and owns GAS-ART Gifts (Gregarious Art Statements), which is comprised of two autographed children's bookstores in North DeKalb Mall (Decatur, GA) and in Perimeter Mall (Dunwoody, GA)....

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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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Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older has always loved monsters, whether historical, prehistorical or imaginary. His debut series for young adults, the Shadowshaper Cypher, has earned starred reviews, the International Latino Book Award and New York Times Notable Book and NPR Best Books of the Year picks, among other accolades....

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