Tucson Festival of Books

Challenging Power: Chaos, Secrets, and Resistance


These high-stakes adventures feature characters who face corruption and chaos as they actively resist those in power despite the danger to create a more hopeful world. Sayantani DasGupta, Donna Barba Higuera, and Rajani LaRocca immerse us in an oppressive future world, an environmental mystery, and a world where music and magic are outlawed.


Panelists
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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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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Donna Higuera

Donna Barba Higuera grew up in Central California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Higuera is the author of "El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!," the forthcoming "The Yellow Handkerchief," "Lupe Wong Won't Dance" (winner of a Pura Belpré Honor and a PNBA award) and "The Last Cuentista" (winner of the Newbery Medal and the Pura Belpré Medal)....

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Books:
Alebrijes
Donna Higuera
Children
Levine Querido
October 2023
ISBN 9781646142637
416 pages
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The Last Cuentista
Donna Higuera
Children
Levine Querido
January 2021
ISBN 9781646140893
336 pages
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Sona and the Golden Beasts
Rajani LaRocca
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
March 2024
ISBN 9780063295407
304 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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