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Laura Shovan’s debut novel, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY (Random House Kids, 2016), won multiple awards and is the 2018 Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices honor book. TAKEDOWN, her latest book for kids, is about the first girl on an all-boys’ wrestling team (Random House Kids, 2018). It is a Junior Library Guild and a PJ Our Way selection. A PLACE AT THE TABLE, a new middle grade novel written with author/activist Saadia Faruqi, will be published in 2020 by Clarion Books. Laura is a freelance editor and a longtime poet-in-the schools for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Artist-in-Residence program.

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Laura Shovan Hi, Stacia. My book is set in central Maryland, where I live and teach. The school name is invented, but Columbia, MD is known for neighborhoods -- an…moreHi, Stacia. My book is set in central Maryland, where I live and teach. The school name is invented, but Columbia, MD is known for neighborhoods -- and neighborhood schools -- with literary names. There is a Longfellow Elementary, and a neighborhood where all the street names are Lord of the Rings references! So it's believable that a school in this area would be named for Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I was surprised when I found out how many Emerson Elementary schools there are in the U.S. There are over 30, and they are all over the country.

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Bridget is hosting Poetry Friday this week! Stop by Wee Words for Wee Ones for links to poetry posts from around the kidlitosphere.

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I have been featuring Asian American authors on my blog as part of the annual #AuthorsTakeAction initiative. In each post, I’ll share a recommended middle grade or YA novel by an Asian American author and a read-alongside poem.

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