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Great Neck Library and Syosset Public Library Teen Services Departments are partnering on a very special
Teen Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff event!
Teens are invited to a live panel and Q & A with five fantastic Young Adult authors: Kit Frick, Camryn Garrett, Maxine Kaplan, Anica Mrose Rissi and Julia Lynn Rubin.
Send us a question for the author Q & A in advance to earn community service credit. Email your question, along with your name, grade, and school to email@example.com.
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. Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell fellow from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. The author of the young adult thrillers See All the Stars, All Eyes on Us, and I Killed Zoe Spanos, and the poetry collection A Small Rising Up in the Lungs, Kit loves a good mystery but has only ever killed her characters. Honest.
. Camryn Garrett was born and raised in New York. In 2019, she was named one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 and a Glamour College Woman of the Year. Her first novel, Full Disclosure, received rave reviews from outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, the Today Show, and The Guardian, which called a “warm, funny and thoughtfully sex-positive, an impressive debut from a writer still in her teens.” Her second novel, Off the Record, was published in May. Camryn is also interested in film and is a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. You can find her on Twitter @dancingofpens, tweeting from a laptop named Stevie.
. Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC. She and her twin sister spent their early childhoods trotting behind their journalist parents as they traveled around the world, eventually settling in Brooklyn, NY. Maxine graduated from Oberlin College in 2007. Following a long stint in the world of publishing, she has worked as a private investigator since 2009. She lives in her adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her dimwitted, but soulful cat.
Her first novel The Accidental Bad Girl received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and became available in paperback in January. Her sophomore novel, Wench, was published in January. Follow Maxine on Twitter @MaxineGKaplan
. Anica Mrose Rissi is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens, including the Anna, Banana series; Nobody Knows But You; and Love, Sophia on the Moon. Her essays have been published by The Writer and the New York Times, and she plays fiddle in and writes lyrics for the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves. Anica grew up in Maine and spent many years in New York City, where she worked as an executive editor in children’s book publishing. She currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her very good dog, Arugula.
. Julia Lynn Rubin received her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from The New School in 2017. A lover of film, psychology, and literature, Julia has been writing creatively since first grade. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines such as the North American Review and The Lascaux Review. She currently writes for a variety of online media publications including BuzzFeed. Julia lives in Brooklyn, where she is hard at work on her next novel. She is also the author of Burro Hills. Her second novel Trouble Girls was published in June. You can find her online at www.julialynnrubin.com and follow her on Twitter @julialynnrubin.
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