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God’s Gonna Trouble the Water

In Midnight Without a Moon, Linda Williams Jackson considers the civil-rights movement through the eyes of a feisty teenage girl

Thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter knows that the Jim Crow South has to change, but she’s not sure she wants to be the one to do it. Linda Williams Jackson makes a stunning debut with her middle-grade historical novel, Midnight Without a Moon.

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Fear, Fury, Hope, Love

For two teenagers, a same-sex love affair plays out against a backdrop of family grief

In How to Make a Wish, Nashville YA author Ashley Herring Blake deftly describes the highs and lows of a burgeoning love affair between two young women dealing with personal problems that would challenge adults of any age. Blake will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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Remembering Pat

The world of children’s lit mourns the loss of the legendary Patricia C. McKissack

Middle Tennessee native Patricia C. McKissack, acclaimed author and storyteller, died near her home in Missouri on April 7. Her body of work, which includes many books written with her late husband Fredrick, did much to champion the African American experience.

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Henry the Brave

A young artist learns a thing or two about courage when his secret creation escapes

Jennifer Trafton’s Henry and the Chalk Dragon is a hilarious and touching tribute to the power of art and the courage it takes to unleash your imagination into the world. Trafton will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 15 at 10:30 a.m.

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Just Let Them Play

Patricia C. McKissack discusses her ebullient new collection of African American childhood lore

Nashville native Patricia C. McKissack talks with Chapter 16 about Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, & Stories from an African American Childhood, her one-of-a-kind collection of African American children’s play-time lore.

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A Young Reader’s Dream Come True

The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival gives students first access to authors

The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival—or SE-YA—will draw thousands of readers to the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro on March 11 for an all-ages celebration of reading and writing that features appearances by more than forty children’s and YA authors. The event is free and open to the public.

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