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Kara McDowell

Kendyl Hawkins

Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating and making up stories in her head. As the middle of five children, Kara entertained her family on long road trips by reading short mystery stories out loud and forcing everyone to guess the conclusion. After graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in English literature, McDowell worked as a freelance writer. Now she writes young adult novels from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons. Her books are "This Might Get Awkward" and "One Way or Another."

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This Might Get Awkward
Children / Teens
Scholastic, Incorporated
March 2022
ISBN 9781338746235
336 pages

One Way Or Another
Children / Teens
Scholastic Incorporated
October 2021
ISBN 9781338654561
336 pages

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