Tucson Festival of Books

Clashing Views: The Search for Voice and Love


Finding your own voice as a teen often leads to obstacles and clashes with family and friends who impose their views about life. In these YA books, teens search for voice and love as an African American teen growing up during the civil rights movement, a Korean American teen dealing with parental expectations, and an Iranian American facing discrimination after 9/11.


Panelists
Krystal Marquis

Krystal Marquis happily spends most of her time in libraries and used bookstores. She studied biology at Boston College and University of Connecticut and now works as an environmental, health and safety manager for an online retailer....

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Axie Oh

Axie Oh is The New York Times best-selling author of "The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea," "XOXO" and the Rebel Seoul series. Her new book is "ASAP." Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, she studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California, San Diego and holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing for young people from Lesley University....

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Arya Shahi

Arya Shahi is an Iranian-American playwright, poet and rapper. He is the co-founder of PigPen Theatre Co., an award-winning theatre company and band. With PigPen, Shahi has written, directed and performed in original plays, including "The Old Man and the Old Moon," as well as books adapted for stage, including Kate DiCamillo's "The Tale of Despereaux....

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Books:
An Impossible Thing to Say
Arya Shahi
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
January 2023
ISBN 9780063248359
416 pages
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The Davenports
Krystal Marquis
Children
Penguin
January 2024
ISBN 9780593463345
400 pages
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ASAP
Axie Oh
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
February 2024
ISBN 9780063299306
352 pages
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XOXO
Axie Oh
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
January 2021
ISBN 9780063024991
352 pages
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