March 2022

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.

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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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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