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Young adult fiction captures the imagination of readers of all ages. You won’t want to miss this festival featuring some of the most exciting middle grade and young adult stars in the Pacific Northwest! We're pleased to announce our line-up of authors!
Rosanne Parry is the author of the many award winning novels and writes from a tree house in the back yard of her farmhouse in Portland, OR. Her latest book, A Wolf Called Wander, is inspired by the true story of the wolf OR-7, or Journey, the famous wolf who has journeyed all over the Pacific Northwest after being separated from his pack. After an attack on his pack, Wander has to decide whether to stay and go. A Wolf Called Wander has just been chosen for the 2020-2021 Oregon Battle of the Books 3rd-5th grade list! Come meet this amazing author and get ahead on your battle reading this summer! (Middle Grade)
Heather S. Ransom
In Going Green, Calyssa Brentwood, an entitled high school senior who has just finished her chloroplast cellular enhancement in order to "go Green," is now the newest citizen of the Green Commonwealth of SciCity, on her way to finding her place in the upper ranks of her community. Lyssa ends up at a farm for spring break during the middle of a rebel insurgency that jeopardizes the safety of Green citizens. For the first time in her life, she must face a battle that threatens the lives of those around her as she learns that nothing is as simple as it seems on the surface. Can she save what she loves most in her life? (Young Adult)
When not teaching or writing, Heather enjoys spending time with the man of my dreams, Marv, and our two absolutely amazing adult kids, Marvin and Danielle, and our new son-in-law, Jason. Living in Grants Pass, Oregon, affords them the luxury of ample opportunities in the amazing outdoors, as well as helping out at our local businesses, a pizza pub and cigar shop.
The Last to Die is a fast-paced, dark YA thriller that explores what happens when a pact that starts out as a game among friends turns into something much more deadly. Harper Jacobs and her friends are just looking for some fun when they decide to start breaking into one another's houses. It's enough to give them a rush, and it's pretty harmless since they all promise not to take anything that can't be replaced. But when they target the home of a classmate, it crosses a line, and one of the group turns up dead. Harper needs to figure out what's happening fast…or else she might be next. (Young Adult)
Kelly received a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her debut YA mystery, The Last To Die, was a 2018 Oregon Book Award finalist and was reissued by Sourcebooks Fire in 2019. She writes for both teens and adults.
Local educator, Teresa Ashford will close-out the festival with a presentation on gender diversity. Ashford has been in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years and has a background in Human Development & Family Sciences and Women's Studies. In addition to running Aspen Academy Preschool, a developmentally-appropriate preschool rooted in social justice, Teresa teaches for OSU-Cascades and Washington State's Global Campus. She writes a blog documenting her experiences working across both settings.
Join us for a celebration of books and writing!