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Saturday, October 19 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
YA: Historical Fiction

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In their recent novels, these three authors combine historical research with their storytelling skills to shed new light on some of the defining moments of the twentieth century. Julie Berry elevates Lovely War to the realm of myth, as Greek gods Apollo, Aphrodite, and Ares grapple over the fates of four mortals enmeshed in the First World War. Among the many starred reviews received by the novel is one from Kirkus Reviews, which calls the novel “An unforgettable romance so Olympian in scope, human at its core, and lyrical in its prose that it must be divinely inspired.” World War II is the focus of Kip Wilson’s debut novel White Rose, which uses free verse narrative to capture the inner struggles and courage of young members of a Nazi resistance movement. In a starred review, Kirkus called White Rose an “intense, bone-chilling reading experience.” Finally, Susan Kaplan Carlton’s In the Neighborhood of True takes readers to 1950s-era Atlanta, where a Northern transplant must navigate anti-Semitic sentiments while also making sense of her own romantic desires while, according to Publishers Weekly’s starred review, “the humidity and tension ris[e] with each chapter.” Helping us travel back in time is moderator James Kennedy, founder of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival and author of the novel The Order of Odd-Fish.

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James Kennedy

James Kennedy is the founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, annually screened in cities across the United States, where kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire story of a Newbery Medal–winning book in 90 seconds of less. The award-winning The Order... Read More →

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Julie Berry

Julie Berry is the award-winning author of children’s, middle-grade, and young adult books such as The Emperor’s Ostrich, The Passion of Dolssa, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, All the Truth That’s in Me, and many others. Her latest, The Lovely War, was praised... Read More →
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Kip Wilson

Kip Wilson is a Massachusetts-based young adult writer and editor. Her work has won her honors like the PEN New England Discovery Award and been included on the Kids’ Indie Next List. Her latest book, White Rose, a historical novel-in-verse about anti-Nazi political activist Sophie... Read More →
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Susan Kaplan Carlton

Susan Kaplan Carlton is a long-time magazine writer published in Elle, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, Self, Parents, and other publications. She also writes historical young adult novels such as Love & Haight, a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, and her latest, In the Neighborhood of True... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116