Tucson Festival of Books

It's Up to Kids to Save the World


In these adventures, kids must step up to save the world. In the Hilo graphic novel series by Judd Winick, Gina must turn back time to save the world, while Lisa McMann's The Forgotten Five series follows abandoned children of supernatural criminals. The Blue Stars mission book by Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith deals with the real world and how kids can make a difference.


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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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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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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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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:
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

Hilo Book 10: Rise of the Cat
(A Graphic Novel)
Judd Winick
Children
Random House Children's Books
February 2024
ISBN 9780593488126
240 pages

Rebel Undercover (The Forgotten Five, Book 3)
Lisa McMann
Children
Penguin Young Readers
June 2023
ISBN 9780593615805
336 pages

Map of Flames (The Forgotten Five, Book 1)
Lisa McMann
Children
Penguin
November 2022
ISBN 9780593325421
400 pages

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

Blue Stars: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem
Kekla Magoon, Cynthia Leitich Smith
Children
Candlewick Press
March 2024
ISBN 9781536228663
176 pages
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