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Coe Booth was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She is the author of four novels for children and young adults: Tyrell, Kendra, Bronxwood, and Kinda Like Brothers. She is the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and her books have been selected as ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults, The New York Times Editors’ Choice, and NPR’s Best Books. Coe’s short stories have appeared in several anthologies, including This Is Push: New Stories from the Edge and Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America. Coe received an MFA in creative writing from The New School.
Erin Dionne’s latest novel for tweens is Secrets of a Fangirl (Scholastic 2019). She’s written six other books for young readers. Her novel Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery, is based on the real-life Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist and was a 2014 Edgar Award finalist. Her most recent picture book, Balletball (Charlesbridge), released in February 2020. She is an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at Montserrat College of Art, in Beverly, MA, and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog.