2021 Authors

Antony John

Antony John

Antony John is the author of several novels for middle grade and young adult readers, including Mascot, Five Flavors of Dumb and the fantasy trilogy Elemental. A native of England, he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in music and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He now lives in Philadelphia with his family.

Antony's presentation is geared for grades 4-8.

Torrey Maldonado

Torrey Maldonado

Torrey Maldonado is the author of three hit books for middle schoolers that also are popular in the younger and high school grades. His recent book, What Lane?, is talked about in the Oprah magazine, the NY Times, and more have listed it as a must-read book to end racism and build better friends. He has taught for over twenty years in Brooklyn, New York where he was born and raised, and you can meet him through torreymaldonado.com, on Twitter, and Instagram.

Torrey's presentation is geared for grades 4-6.

Roland Smith

Roland Smith

Roland began writing after a 20 year stint as a zookeeper in Portland, Oregon. He drew upon his zoo experiences for many of his non-fiction titles. He won the Oregon Book Award for Journey of the Red Wolf in 1996. His writings include the I,Q book series, Storm Runners Trilogy, Peak Marcello series, as well as seven alphabet books collaborated with his wife, Marie. He and Marie live in Portland, Oregon.

Roland's presentation is geared for all grades 3-8.

Beth Vrabel

Beth Vrabel

A former journalist, Beth’s work includes VOYA Top Shelf Fiction selection and 2017 Cybil Award finalist Caleb and Kit; 2014 Best Book of the Year/Kirkus choice Pack of Dorks; and ILA-award- winning A Blind Guide to Stinkville.

Beth's presentation is geared for grades 3-5.

April Henry

April Henry

New York Times-bestselling author April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April's path to destruction: when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children's author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he showed it to his editor, who asked if she could publish it in an international children's magazine. By the time she was in her 30s, April had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published 24+ mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with more to come. She is known for meticulously researching her novels to get the details right.

April's presentation is geared for grades 7 and over.

Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn

A former children’s librarian, Ms. Hahn is an award winning author of young adult novels, probably best known for her ghost stories. Award winning books include the Edgar Award for Closed for the Season and the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award for The Old Willis Place. Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland.

Mary's presentation is geared for grades 4-8.

Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman

Korman is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 75 books for children and young adults. He is a recipient of many awards including the ALA Best Books for Young Adults award, the PNLA Young Readers’ Choice Award and more recently the Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature. A native of Canada, Gordon now lives with his family in Great Neck, New York.

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Rhodes is the author of six books for youth including the New York Times bestseller Ghost Boys and, most recently, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best 2020, Black, Brother, Black, Brother. She has won the American Book Award, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, and the Jane Addams Peace Association Book Award. Born in Pittsburgh, she now lives in Seattle.

Jewell's presentation is geared for grades 5-8.

Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children's Literature, Parachutes and Three Keys. Kelly Yang's family immigrated to the United States from China when she was a young girl, and she grew up in California, in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang. She eventually left the motels and went to college at the age of 13, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, she gave up law to pursue her dream of writing and teaching kids writing. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. She is also a columnist for the South China Morning Post and has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Atlantic. Kelly is the mother of three children and splits her time between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Please find her online at www.kellyyang.com and follow her on Twitter @kellyyanghk.

Kelly's presentation is geared for grades 3-5.

Kelly Yang

Veera Hiranandani

Hiranandani is the author of the 2019 Newberry Honor award winning book, The Night Diary as well as The Whole Story of Half a Girl and the Phoebe G. Green series. She is the recipient of the 2019 Walter Dean Myers Honor Award and the 2018 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute. Hiranandani grew up in Connecticut and now lives in a “great little town on the Hudson River” with her family.

Veera's presentation is geared for grades 5-8.