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2nd Annual Young Reader Festival

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Young adult fiction captures the imagination of readers of all ages. You won’t want to miss this festival featuring some of the most exciting YA stars in the Pacific Northwest! We’re pleased to announce our line-up of authors!

Rosanne Parry
Rosanne Parry is the author of the many award winning novels including Heart of a Shepherd, and The Turn of the Tide (Random House),. Her newest novels are Last of the Name (Learner) and A Wolf Called Wander (HarperCollins & Andersen Press) both on sale in the spring of 2019. She and her family live in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon. She writes in a tree house in her back yard.

Heather S. Ransom
Life as a middle school science teacher for twenty-four years has allowed me an intimate look into the minds of thousands of young adults, most of whom are desperate to find their place in a society constantly changing around them. Many have found escape, ideas for facing challenges, or simply hope for a future where they can make a difference, through reading. So every year, even though I’m teaching science, I have my classes read. And we imagine together what our futures might hold, telling stories about advances in technology that could change our world. When not teaching or writing, I enjoy spending time with the man of my dreams, Marv, and our two absolutely amazing adult kids, Marvin and Danielle, and our new son-in-law, Jason. Living in Grants Pass, Oregon, affords me the luxury of ample opportunities in the amazing outdoors, as well as helping out at our local businesses, a pizza pub and cigar shop.

Kelly Garrett
Kelly Garrett’s GROUNDS FOR MURDER, Ground Rules #1, will be published by Kensington in April 2021. She also received a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her debut YA mystery, The Last To Die, was a 2018 Oregon Book Award finalist and was reissued by Sourcebooks Fire in 2019. She writes for both teens and adults.

Teresa Ashford
Local educator, Teresa Ashford will close-out the festival with a presentation on gender diversity. Ashford has been in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years and has a background in Human Development and Family Sciences and Women’s Studies. In addition to running Aspen Academy Preschool, a developmentally-appropriate preschool rooted in social justice, Teresa teaches for OSU-Cascades and Washington State’s Global Campus. She writes a blog documenting her experiences working across both settings.

Join us for a celebration of books and writing!

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