A Virtual Festival Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7, 2021

Looking Back, Moving Forward through Relationships


Looking back can facilitate our ability to move ahead through the healing influence of relationships. Three best-selling middle-grade authors show how friendships affect a bully, the search to reconnect with the past and the consequences of a school shooting. All three books are highly anticipated new books from award-winning authors.


Panelists
Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lesa Cline-Ransome writes picture book biographies on notable figures such as Frederick Douglass, Helen Keller, Satchel Paige and Louis Armstrong. Her books have garnered honors including a Jane Addams Honor, A Christopher Award and an NAACP Image Award....

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Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels, including "The Ambassador of Nowhere Texas," "The Lost Boy’s Gift," "Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel," "Dear Hank Williams," "The Water Seeker," "My Louisiana Sky" and "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town," winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature....

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Jasmine Warga

Jasmine Warga is the author of the New York Times best-seller "Other Words for Home," a Newbery Honor Book and Walter Honor Book for Younger Readers. Her teen books, "Here We Are Now" and "My Heart and Other Black Holes," have been translated into over 25 languages....

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Books:
Being Clem
Lesa Cline-Ransome
Children / Teens
Holiday House, Incorporated
August 2021
ISBN 9780823446049
256 pages
$17.99, NYP
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The Ambassador of Nowhere Texas
Kimberly Willis Holt
Children / Teens
Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
January 2021
ISBN 9781250234100
320 pages
$16.99, INSTORE
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The Shape of Thunder
Jasmine Warga
Children / Teens
HarperCollins Publishers
May 2021
ISBN 9780062956675
288 pages
$16.99, NYP
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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
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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