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Jennifer Castle

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Jennifer Castle is a proud geek and the author of the YA novels THE BEGINNING OF AFTER, YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE, and WHAT HAPPENS NOW, as well as the digital e-novella PLAYING KEIRA. She likes to write about love, identity, unusual human connections, reality versus fantasy, and kissing. Her awesomely-titled advice book for tweens and teens is FRIENDS AND FRENEMIES: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE AWKWARD. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her family, and you can visit her online at

Zetta Elliott

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Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to Brooklyn in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, and her plays have been staged in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. Her essays have appeared in Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and The Huffington Post. Her first picture book, BIRD, won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books' New Voices Contest; it was named Best of 2008 by Kirkus Reviews, a 2009 ALA Notable Children's Book, and BIRD won the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. Elliott's first young adult novel, A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT,...