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Still So Far from Safe

A transgender teen struggles to survive high school in Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girl_final cover (2)Meredith Russo’s powerful YA novel, If I Was Your Girl, is extraordinary not because of the events it depicts but because of its point of view: that of an emotionally fragile transgender teen struggling to survive the ruthless world of high school. Russo will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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A Whole New (Other) World

The Star-Touched Queen takes fantasy fans on an exotic flying-carpet ride

In The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi weaves a tapestry of myth and magic, love and destiny, time and eternity. This colorful story—a debut novel and the first of a series—features twists and turns that will delight young-adult readers with a yen for exotic fantasy. Chokshi will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Terrific Twosome

Juli Brenning brings readers the second tale of best friends Maggi and Milo

July 5, 2016 Middle Tennessee children’s author Juli Brenning brings young readers another tale of Maggi and her beloved pooch, Milo, in Maggi and Milo Make New Friends. Brenning will speak at Parnassus Books on July 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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Of Monsters and Men

Victoria Schwab probes what it means to be human in her new YA novel, This Savage Song

June 28, 2016 Victoria Schwab’s young-adult dystopian novel, This Savage Song, pits darkness against darkness in a battle between monsters and humans. Schwab will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 5, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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Another Day in Dystopia

In The Last Star, the grim final installment of his grim 5th Wave trilogy, Rick Yancey pulls no punches

May 26, 2016 The Last Star is the third and final installment of Rick Yancey’s dystopian YA series that began with the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave. In the trilogy, sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan struggles to adapt when ordinary life is interrupted by the appearance of a spaceship. Yancey will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 4, 2016, at 2 p.m.m

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Bildung a New Voice in Coming-Of-Age Novels

Matthew Quick’s new YA novel about a cult classic is sure to become one itself

May 24, 2016 In Matthew Quick’s Every Exquisite Thing, teen Nanette O’Hare grapples with what looks a lot like a midlife crisis, though she’s a teenager. Quick will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 2, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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