University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Working Through Trauma

Trauma can overwhelm a teen’s life without coping strategies, such as humor and friendship, so they can chart their own paths forward. In novels by three award-winning authors, teens work through the trauma of a family falling apart, murder and inherited lies and a harrowing refugee journey.

Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson was born in Pennsylvania. When she was 12, her family traded in snowstorms for year-round summers and moved to Arizona. Johnson chronicled the entire cross-country road trip in a purple spiral-bound notebook that she still has and has been writing ever since....

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Thanhha Lai

Thanhhà Lại is the New York Times bestselling author of "Inside Out & Back Again," which won both a National Book Award and a Newbery Honor. This semi-autobiographical, debut novel in verse is part of the eighth-grade curriculum in New York and is taught throughout the world....

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Leah Thomas

Leah Thomas frequently loses battles of wits against her students and her stories. When she's not huddled in cafes, she's usually at home pricking her fingers in service of cosplay. Leah lives in San Diego, Calif....

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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Arizona Party Rental Companies
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Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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