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Finding Hope: Contemporary Middle Grade Novels

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm PST
1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

On opposite sides of the world, two twelve-year-old girls find kindness and hope in trying times, and learn the meaning of family. In Karen Rivers’ A Possibility of Whales, Nat’s questions about her mother, who left when she was a baby, lead her on a journey of self-discovery thanks to her friends, family, and a chance encounter with a whale. Nadia and her family search for safety after they are forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria at the beginning of the Arab Spring in N. H. Senzai’s Escape from Aleppo. Moderated by Jennifer Studebaker of Multnomah County Library.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission to the festival. Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Karen Rivers

Karen Rivers' books have been nominated for a wide range of literary awards and have been published in multiple languages. Her most recent books include A Possibility of Whales and You Are Everything. When she's not writing, reading, or visiting schools, she can usually be found hiking in the forest that flourishes behind her tiny old house in Victoria, British Columbia, where she lives with her two kids, two dogs, and two birds. Find her online at karenrivers.com.
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N. H. Senzai

N. H. Senzai is the author of Shooting Kabul, which was critically acclaimed and on numerous award lists. Publishers Weekly called it “hard hitting, emotionally wrenching.” Her second book, Saving Kabul Corner, was nominated for an Edgar Award. She is also the author of Ticket to India and Escape from Aleppo. Ms. Senzai lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Visit her online at NHSenzai.com.
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Jennifer Studebaker

Jennifer Studebaker is the Youth Services Manager for Multnomah County Library, where she gets to work with the best team of Youth Librarians around.  When she's not at the library for work, she's often there with her son, continuing their quest to read every single dinosaur book currently published. Jennifer's favorite books have strong female protagonists and are written by #ownvoices authors. 
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