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Interview with Tara Altebrando

The LeavingHere at the Center, we've all been passing around The Leaving by Tara Altebrando and raving about how creative and haunting it is.  The Leaving is the perfect book to get readers engrossed in a book and desperate to turn the next page.  The book tells the story of six kindergarteners who go missing without a trace, only to return years later.  Only five of the now sixteen-year olds return and they have no knowledge of where they have been or what has happened to the remaining victim.  

Shopping for Books? Help the Center Out!

We hope you are planning on joining us Monday evening for children's and young adult author Matt de la Pena, who will be joining us at Barnes and Noble at 7:00 p.m. While you are there, make sure you pick up a few books to read! If you mention The Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature, we will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale.  You can present this flyer or simply mention The Center.  This code also works at BN.com from September 19-24.  Thanks for supporting The Center and happy reading!

Fighting Censorship and Assumptions Through Words and Actions

Matt de la Pena

Matt de la Pena is not just a man of words.  Of course, as an author, words are his world, but when it comes to children’s and young adult literature, he bolsters words of legitimacy with actions of advocacy.  Awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award for 2016 for his advocacy, Matt strives to defend and campaign for multicultural YA texts, which allow adolescent readers to see “reflections of themselves.”  

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