Q&A with North Carolina YA and Middle Grade authors Kati Gardner and Kwame Mbalia
Join us for a Q&A with local authors!
Due to illness, the previously listed Brenda Rufener will unfortunately not be attending this event.
Kati is the author of Brave Enough. Spoiler alert: No one with cancer dies in this story. They do play Uno, shave their head, get stabbed, make new friends, enjoy glitter, attend camp, get kissed (!), and above all else, discover they are brave enough to continue living life.
Kwame is the author of the upcoming middle grade fantasy Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky. A seventh-grade boy accidentally creates a hole into the Midpass, a world where ancient African gods clash with gods of African-American legend. He must race to find Anansi, the Weaver, and repair the rip before the iron monsters wreaking havoc in the Midpass consume their world and ours.
Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory's artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason's life. But that's about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it's much worse than anyone imagines.
Included on Bustle's list of the "27 Most Anticipated YA Contemporary Books Hitting Shelves in 2018"!
“Fans of Jennifer Niven and Nicola Yoon will enjoy this realistic debut novel, which brings to light heavy topics of homelessness and abuse.” —School Library Journal