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Saturday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Middle Grade: Reimagination

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It’s fun to make up stories out of thin air, but it can be even more fun to start with an existing story and ask yourself “what if this happened instead?” That may be how the three authors in this session started their latest books—but then they let their own imaginations run wild! Elizabeth Eulberg, in The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match, imagines what might happen if Sherlock Holmes was a nine-year-old girl solving mysteries in her Harlem neighborhood. Debut novelist Karuna Riazi, in The Gauntlet, takes her Bangladeshi American heroine on a magical steampunk board game adventure inspired by Jumanji. And in Kekla Magoon’s latest Robyn Hoodlum adventure, Reign of Outlaws, a merry band of outlaws—led by a girl named Robyn—rebels against social injustice in a futuristic society. What story would you reimagine—why and how? Bring your ideas to this session, hosted by Elissa Gershowitz, executive editor of the Horn Book.

Ages 7–12


Moderators
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Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is the executive editor at the Horn Book, one of the foremost journals in children’s literature. Gershowitz holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children’s LIterature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College. She has worked at Horn Book since 2006... Read More →

Presenters
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Elizabeth Eulberg

Elizabeth Eulberg always dreamed of working in music and went to school for PR at Syracuse University, but she wound up working in New York publishing for ten years before writing her own young adult books. Her first book was The Lonely Hearts Club (2011), inspired by the Beatles&rsquo... Read More →
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Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is a writing professor, speaker, and author of works for young adult readers. She holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she currently teaches creative writing. Her books have received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, and been longlisted for the National Book Award. Her books are The Rocks and the River (2009), Camo Girl (2012), X: A Novel (2015), and Shadows of Sherwood (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure) (2016). Her latest book is another Robyn Hoodlum Adventure, Reign of... Read More →
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Karuna Riazi

Book blogger and online activist for the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement (as well as the brain behind #YesAllWomen), debut author Karuna Riazi is making strides with her book for middle grade readers, The Gauntlet. Inspired by the now-classic Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg, The Gauntlet follows twelve-year-old Bangladeshi American Muslim Farah as she journeys to find her younger brother, Ahmad, who becomes lost in the board game, The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. Riazi was pursuing her undergraduate degree in English at Hofstra University when wrote the novel and was signed to a publishing contract. She graduated in May 2017. Riazi blogs about books at... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA