Tucson Festival of Books

Middle Grade Carousel: Action and Adventure


Meet a bunch of authors in 60 minutes as they share their new books filled with action and adventure. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.


Panelists
Kenny Curtis

Kenny Curtis has been “making noise” for a long time. In his 25 years in Children’s Programming, Curtis has worked with companies as varied as Spotify, KidzBop, Sesame Workshop, National Geographic, Verizon, Clear Channel and Nashville’s 800 Pound Gorilla Media....

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Sayantani DasGupta

Sayantani DasGupta is The New York Times best-selling author of the critically acclaimed Bengali folktale and string theory-inspired Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond books, the first of which, "The Serpent's Secret," was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Best Middle Grade Novel of the 21st Century and an E....

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P. Djèlí Clark

Born in New York and raised mostly in Houston, P. Djèlí Clark spent the formative years of his life in the homeland of his parents, Trinidad and Tobago. He is the author of the novels "A Master of Djinn" and "Abeni's Song" and the novellas "Ring Shout," "The Black God's Drums" and "The Haunting of Tram Car 015," and he is a contributor to the #1 New York Times best-seller "Black Boy Joy....

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Jillian Hughes

Jillian Hughes is a New York Times best-selling author with her heart in the kids and family industry. She's a scriptwriter for National Geographic Kids' "Greeking Out" podcast series and has contributed to other platforms including Pinna, Tinkercast and iHeart....

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Rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky and now lives in Massachusetts where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor-winning novel in verse, "Red, White, and Whole....

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Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is The New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of dozens of books, including the first book in "The Forgotten Five" series, "Map of Flames," "The Unwanteds" series, the "Wake" trilogy and "Clarice the Brave....

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Matt McMann

As a professional musician, Matt McMann played an NFL stadium, a cruise ship and the International Twins Convention. Now he writes the kind of spooky mystery-adventure books he loved as a kid, including the "Monsterious" series....

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Jennifer A. Nielsen

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the "Ascendance" Series, "The Traitor's Game," the "Mark of the Thief" trilogy, the standalone fantasy "The Scourge" and the critically-acclaimed historical thrillers "A Night Divided," "Resistance," "Words on Fire," "Rescue," "Lines of Courage," "Iceberg" and "Uprising," which releases March 5th, 2024....

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Misa Sugiura

Misa Sugiura's ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai and a stowaway. She is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels: the AALA Award-winning "It's Not Like It's a Secret," NYPL Best Book "This Time Will Be Different" and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard book "Love & Other Natural Disasters....

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Judd Winick

Judd Winick is the creator of the beloved New York Times best-selling Hilo series. Judd lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two kids. Judd has written best-selling comic book series, appeared as a cast member of MTV's "The Real World: San Francisco" and is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel "Pedro and Me," about his Real World friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora....

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Books:
Greeking Out
Epic Retellings of Classic Greek Myths
Kenny Curtis, Jillian Hughes
Children
Disney Publishing Worldwide
September 2023
ISBN 9781426375965
192 pages
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The Chaos Monster (Secrets of the Sky #1)
Sayantani DasGupta
Children
Scholastic, Incorporated
July 2023
ISBN 9781338766738
240 pages
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The Poison Waves (Secrets of the Sky #2)
Sayantani DasGupta
Children
Scholastic, Incorporated
October 2023
ISBN 9781338766752
240 pages
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Abeni's Song
P. Djèlí Clark
Children
Tor Publishing Group
July 2023
ISBN 9781250825827
336 pages

Sona and the Golden Beasts
Rajani LaRocca
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
March 2024
ISBN 9780063295407
304 pages
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Map of Flames (The Forgotten Five, Book 1)
Lisa McMann
Children
Penguin
November 2022
ISBN 9780593325421
400 pages

Escape from Grimstone Manor (Monsterious, Book 1)
Matt McMann
Children
Penguin Young Readers Group
May 2023
ISBN 9780593530719
192 pages
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The Beast of Skull Rock (Monsterious, Book 4)
Matt McMann
Children
Penguin
January 2024
ISBN 9780593530801
208 pages

Uprising
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Children
SCHOLASTIC
March 2024
ISBN 9781338795080
384 pages

Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind
Misa Sugiura
Children
Random House Children's Books
February 2023
ISBN 9780593564066
384 pages
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Momo Arashima Breaks the Mirror of the Sun
Misa Sugiura
Children
Random House Children's Books
February 2024
ISBN 9780593564103
368 pages
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Hilo Book 10: Rise of the Cat
(A Graphic Novel)
Judd Winick
Children
Random House Children's Books
February 2024
ISBN 9780593488126
240 pages

Hilo Book 9: Gina and the Last City on Earth
(A Graphic Novel)
Judd Winick
Children
Random House Children's Books
February 2023
ISBN 9780593488096
240 pages

Dangerous Allies (The Forgotten Five, Book 4)
Lisa McMann
Children
Penguin Young Readers
February 2024
ISBN 9780593615836
336 pages