Tucson Festival of Books

Writing about Kids Dealing with Anxiety


Writing about anxiety is a difficult balance for authors who must convey a character's stress while providing moments of hope. Three authors share their strategies for writing about characters who deal with anxiety and trauma through drawing, relationships, and project work.


Panelists
Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani, author of the Newbery Honor–winning "The Night Diary," earned her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of "The Whole Story of Half a Girl," a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asia Book Award finalist and "How to Find What You're Not Looking For," winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award and the New York Historical Society Children's History Book Prize....

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Michelle Mohrweis

Michelle Mohrweis is a STEM educator and space enthusiast. Their books include "The Problem with Gravity" and "The Trouble with Robots." When not writing, they can be found launching paper rockets down the middle of their street....

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Sara Shepard

Sara Shepard is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the "Pretty Little Liars" series, the "Lying Game" series, "The Heiresses," "The Elizas," the "Perfectionists" series, "Reputation" and "Safe in My Arms....

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Books:
Amil and the After
Veera Hiranandani
Children
Penguin Young Readers Group
January 2024
ISBN 9780525555063
272 pages
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The Night Diary
Veera Hiranandani
Children
Penguin
April 2019
ISBN 9780735228528
288 pages
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Penny Draws a Best Friend
Sara Shepard

Penguin Young Readers Group
May 2023
ISBN 9780593616772
272 pages

The Problem with Gravity
Michelle Mohrweis
Children
Holiday House
September 2023
ISBN 9781682635957
288 pages

The Trouble with Robots
Michelle Mohrweis
Children / Teens
Holiday House
September 2022
ISBN 9781682634844
288 pages
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