Tucson Festival of Books

Portals as Passageways to Life-Changing Adventures


A portal serves as a gateway, inviting characters to travel through time/space into a new fantasy world. Adventures in that world challenge characters to change their lives. The portals in these books lead to the Cree world of Misewa, Japanese mythical creatures, and an Arthurian adventure.


Panelists
Callie C. Miller

Callie C. Miller writes for animated television shows, video game companies and (most importantly) herself. When she’s not writing, Callie is most likely reading comics or playing video games or dreaming about hot chocolate (as hot chocolate is very important nourishment for writers)....

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David A. Robertson

David A. Robertson is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Governor General's Literary Award winners "When We Were Alone" and "On the Trapline" (which also won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award)....

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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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Books:
The Barren Grounds
The Misewa Saga, Book One
David A. Robertson
Children
Tundra Book Group
August 2021
ISBN 9780735266124
256 pages

The Portal Keeper
The Misewa Saga, Book Four
David A. Robertson
Children
Penguin
October 2023
ISBN 9781774880258
256 pages

The Hunt for the Hollower
Callie C. Miller
Children
Simon and Schuster
June 2023
ISBN 9781665918107
400 pages
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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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