Teen Stage

Saturday, 12:00-12:45

Local favorite Terra Elan McVoy (This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker) will be joined by Jason Reynolds (Ghost) and Kate Milford (The Left-Handed Fate) to discuss the joy and challenges of writing for the tween audience.


Terra Elan McVoy

Terra Elan McVoy has

held a variety of jobs centered on reading and writing, from managing an

independent bookstore to answering fan mail for Captain Underpants. She lives in

the same Atlanta neighborhood where many of her acclaimed YA novels are


Kate Milford

Kate Milford is the author of The Boneshaker, The Broken Lands, and the bestselling Greenglass House, which was longlisted for the National Book Award. Originally from Annapolis, MD, Milford now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.
Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it all before he gets home. Jason is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); and As Brave as You, his middle grade debut.


Anica Rissi

Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, where she read a lot of books and loved a lot of pets. She now tells and collects stories, makes up songs on her violin, and eats lots of cheese with her friends in Princeton, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, Jeff. Anica tweets about bookish things and her dog, Arugula, at @anicarissi.