Tucson Festival of Books

The Challenge of Writing a Graphic Novel

Three authors who made the shift from writing successful chapter books to writing a graphic novel share that they learned about how to write a graphic novel.

Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon writes novels and nonfiction books for children and teens, often exploring themes of identity, community, empowerment and social justice. Acclaimed titles include "The Season of Styx Malone," "How It Went Down" and "Revolution In Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People," which was a Michael L....

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Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times best-selling author of the "Whatever After" series, the "Magic in Manhattan" series, "Best Wishes," "Gimme a Call" and a bunch of other books for teens and tweens, including the "Upside-Down Magic" series, which she co-writes with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, and which was adapted into a movie for the Disney Channel....

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Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is an NSK Neustadt Laureate and acclaimed author of the American Indian Youth Literature Award winning "Hearts Unbroken," "Harvest House," "Sisters of the Neversea," The New York Times best-selling Tantalize and Feral series, "Rain Is Not My Indian Name" and "Jingle Dancer," illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu....

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Blue Stars: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem
Kekla Magoon, Cynthia Leitich Smith
Candlewick Press
March 2024
ISBN 9781536228663
176 pages
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Fairest of All: The Graphic Novel (Whatever After #1)
Sarah Mlynowski
Scholastic, Incorporated
April 2024
ISBN 9781338845099
160 pages

Best Wishes (Best Wishes #1)
Sarah Mlynowski
Scholastic Incorporated
August 2023
ISBN 9781338628265
192 pages
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