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Erin Entrada Kelly was raised in Lake Charles, La., but now lives in the Philadelphia area. Her debut novel, "Blackbird Fly," received three starred reviews and was named a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015 SIBA Best Book of the South and 2015 Indie Kids’ Next Pick. "Blackbird Fly" was also nominated for the ALA Notable Children’s Book Award, earned an Asia Pacific Librarians Association Honor Award for Literature, and received the Golden Kite Honor Award. Kirkus, School Library Journal, and the Center for Multicultural Literature all named "Blackbird Fly" one of the best books of 2015. Her second novel, "The Land of Forgotten Girls," is a Top Ten Multicultural Books of 2016 and a Best Contemporary Middle Grade Books of the Year by Booklist, and was short-listed for Book of the Year by NAIBA. "The Land of Forgotten Girls" also earned three starred reviews and is a 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection. Erin’s third novel, "Hello, Universe," will be released in 2017. Erin is also a short story writer. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. She has an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont College.