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Growing Pains: Identity, Love, and High School

High school is a hard time to be anybody. But it can be especially hard when love and friendship are at odds, when you’re still trying to figure out who you are and how to be yourself, or when you have to disguise yourself as a boy and flee for your life on the Oregon Trail (you know, the usual teenage stuff). Emily Adrian (Like It Never Happened), Kris Dinnison (You and Me and Him), Ilene Wong Gregorio (None of the Above), Stacey Lee (Under a Painted Sky), and Chris Scofield (The Shark Curtain) discuss their new YA novels with moderator Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things).

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Emily Adrian

Adrian-Cover_webEmily Adrian is a writer from Portland, Oregon. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and her dog. Like It Never Happened is her debut novel. Website - Twitter
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Kris Dinnison

dinnison_cover_webKris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching High School English while dreaming of becoming a writer. She lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband and a geriatric cat named Moon Pie. Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Tumblr  
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Stacey Lee

Lee_cover_webStacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction. Website - Facebook - Twitter
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Dhonielle Clayton

DhoniellClayton_cover_webe Clayton spent most of her childhood under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She earned an MA in Children's Literature from Hollins University and an MFA in Writing for Children at the New School. She taught secondary school for several years. Now, she is a librarian at Harlem Village Academies, is one of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks librarians, and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent -- and decidedly diverse -- literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women's fiction readers. Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram
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