Wednesday, October 17
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Suitable for: Grades 8–12 & adults.
Four young adult novelists share their brave new worlds with students and ponder how they both create
and sustain these wildly creative locations. Celebrated award-winner Ashley Little’s depiction of high
school in Confessions of a Teenage Leper may feel familiar… but there’s a bizarre, deadly disease at its
heart. In David A. Robertson’s supernatural tale, Monsters, set on the Wounded Sky Nation reserve,
teenager Cole Harper struggles to fit in. Further afield, Rachel Hartman shares a tale of knights in
armour—and brave girls bucking gender roles—in Tess of the Road. Finally, Paula Morris reimagines
Rome as a place for dueling gods and goddesses in The Eternal City. Students will be enthralled by these
charismatic writers sharing their techniques for world-building.