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Kekla Magoon writes novels and nonfiction books for children and teens, often exploring themes of identity, community, empowerment and social justice. Acclaimed titles include "The Season of Styx Malone," "How It Went Down" and "Revolution In Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People," which was a Michael L. Printz Honor winner, Coretta Scott King Honor winner and National Book Award Finalist. Magoon received the 2021 Margaret A. Edwards Award, a body-of-work recognition for her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. Her new books are "Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem" and "Ketanji: Justice Jackson's Journey to the U.S. Supreme Court." She lives in Vermont with two energetic orange cats.
Awards: NAACP Image Award, Coretta Scott King Honor, Michael L. Printz Award Honor, Margaret A. Edwards Award, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, John Steptoe Award, Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee; National Book Award Finalist, Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, In the Margins Award
Communities: LGBTQ+, African American, Mixed Race