Tucson Festival of Books

YA Workshop: Remix/Retell to Trouble Classics

One current trend is retelling or remixing classics to challenge problematic aspects of the original book. Cherie Dimaline has remixed The Secret Garden and Peter Pan, while Hailey Alcaraz has retold Gone with the Wind. Cherie and Hailey will share their strategies for remixing classics and then invite participants to consider how they could "trouble" a favorite classic novel.

Hailey Alcaraz

Hailey began her writing career in the sixth grade as a kid reporter for Time for Kids magazine and has been addicted to storytelling ever since. Born in California and raised in Arizona, she's a Southwest girl through and through who loves stories about fellow multicultural girls finding their way in the world....

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Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline's 2017 book, "The Marrow Thieves," won the Governor General's Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers, was a finalist for the White Pine Award and was named by TIME magazine as one of the best young adult books of all time....

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Up in Flames
Hailey Alcaraz
October 2023
ISBN 9780593525548
384 pages
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Into the Bright Open: A Secret Garden Remix
Cherie Dimaline
Feiwel & Friends
September 2023
ISBN 9781250842657
288 pages
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