YA Authors Shutta Crum and Kristin Bartley Lenz
Shutta Crum is an author, lecturer, teacher, and retired librarian, all in the field of children s books. Among her most popular titles are Thunder-Boomer (Clarion), which received four starred reviews, was nominated for a Cybil Award, and was an SLJ Best Book, a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book, and an ALA Notable Book, and Mine (Knopf), which also received four starred reviews. She lives in Michigan. Learn more at www.shutta.com.
Kristin Bartley Lenz
Kristin Bartley Lenz is a writer and social worker whose career has taken her through rural Appalachia, the California Bay Area, and inner-city Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, and co-edits the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her debut young adult novel,The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, is a Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection. Learn more at www.kristinbartleylenz.com.
A charming re-imagination of Sleeping Beauty in which a boy must solve a witch's riddle in order to save his family and end a centuries-long curse.
William and his little brother, Pinch, have been left alone at their home atop the mountain ever since their mother disappeared and their father went to look for her. When William is visited by a mysterious witch named Morga, it seems their lives might be in danger unless they help the witch solve a riddle and find a dark family heirloom.
William sets out on a quest that leads him into the heart of the Old Forest. There his mother rests in the deep sleep of an ancient curse, her only companions a boy who wakes up a different size every day and a tiny yellow dragon who can dream storms into life.
Can William solve Morga's riddle, or will he unleash Morga's curses upon the world?
Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She's enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadoran mountaintop, Cara's nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt.
Starting over at her grandparents’ home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara's journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started.