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Events for Children and Young Adults

Fostering the importance of literacy and encouraging the joy of literature in a young person's life is an important part of the Southern Festival of Books. 

The children's and young adult programs at the Festival are great opportunities for librarians, educators, and parents to seek and find the newest releases in all genres, old favorites, and hot discussion topics. All ages will find something they love at the Southern Festival of Books. 

Don't miss these children's and young adult authors this fall!

  • Kwame Alexander is a poet, author of 18 books, and recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal for his novel, The Crossover. The founder of two literacy organizations, Book-in-a-Day and LEAP for Ghana, he regularly travels the world conducting writing/publishing workshops at schools and conferences. Kwame has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and television (TLC's "Hip Hop Harry"), recorded a CD, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a radio show, worked for the U.S. Government, and taught high school. In 2015, Kwame will serve as the Bank Street College of Education's first writer-in-residence. Visit him at 
    The Crossover

    Lou Anders drew on his adventures traveling across Europe in his teens and twenties to write Nightborn, combining these experiences with his love of globe-trotting adventure fiction. However, he has yet to ride a wyvern. With the addition of characters Desstra and Tanthal, Anders hopes that the second book in the Thrones and Bones series will continue to appeal to boy and girl readers equally. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over five hundred articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders on Facebook, Twitter @Thronesandbones, or on his website:

    Vivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. Now living in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, Florida, she divides her time writing, working, goofing off with her husband and three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes.
    Paper or Plastic

    Hester Bass is the author of the picture-book biography The Secret World of Walter Anderson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, which won the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. She is also the author of So Many Houses, illustrated by Alik Arzoumanian. Formerly a resident of Huntsville, Alabama, where the events of Seeds of Freedom took place, Hester Bass now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama

    Robert Beatty lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories. He loves to explore the grand Biltmore Estate and the darkened forest trails where his novels take place. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative Magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year. Answering a question about the inspiration for his book, Robert said, "Serafina's journey grew out of my desire to write a story about an unusual and heroic young girl for my three daughters."
    Serafina and the Black Cloak

    Lynne Berry lives on a small farm with goats, chickens, ducks, dogs, and one rather grumpy pot-bellied pig. These characters tend to show up in her books - though they generally embark on adventures well outside the realm of farm life!
    Pig and Pug

    Deborah Biancotti has written two short story collections, Bad Power and A Book of Endings. She's been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book. Follow her on Twitter: @Deborah_B or visit

    Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She's the founder of, a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series. From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she'd love to visit. When she isn't writing, she's addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

Terry Border was born October 16, 1965, and has spent the vast majority of his life in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. He graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Fine Art Photography in 1988. Then, because he wanted to be practical and not be an artist (he is from Indiana after all), he worked as a commercial photographer for many years photographing the most mind-numbingly, boring stuff you can think of. If he would have worked harder, he could have gone on to photograph more exciting things, but he figures he probably had a very bad attitude about it all. In 2006 he started what he calls his Bent Objects project, mainly because all the other blog names were already taken. Basically, the project concerns adding wire to ordinary objects to help pose them as living characters, usually telling a story, and then photographing them. For some reason people liked it. He now is concentrating his efforts on children's books and hopes that you like them.
Happy Birthday, Cupcake!   

Erin Bow is a physicist turned poet turned children's novelist, and she's won major awards in all three roles. She's the author of the acclaimed Russian-flavored fantasy Plain Kate, which received two starred reviews and was a YALSA Best Book of the Year, and the terrifying YA ghost story Sorrow's Knot, which received five starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year.
The Scorpion Rules

Martha Brockenbrough (rhymes with broken toe) is the author of two books for adults and five books for young readers. She's the founder of National Grammar Day (every March 4), and she's written game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. The former editor of, Martha has interviewed lots of celebrities, including the Jonas Brothers and Slash (his favorite dinosaur is the diplodocus). Her work has been published in a variety of places, including The New York Times. She also wrote an educational humor column for the online encyclopedia Encarta for nine years. Besides writing, she likes board games, playing music with the family band, travel to places far and near, drinking lots of coffee, and working out really hard at the gym. She lives in Seattle with her family.
The Game of Love and Death

Anne Bustard, born in Hawaii, is the former co-owner of a children's bookstore and an MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she is part of the vibrant writing community.
Anywhere But Paradise

Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for the prequel to A Spark Unseen: her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding, which USA Today called "utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." When not writing, Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting a longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville.

Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, is the Executive Vice President, Health Affairs and COO at Boston Children's Hospital, ranked 1st by US News and World Report in 2014. Prior to joining Boston Children's, Dr. Churchwell was CEO for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE where under his leadership, Nemours duPont was recognized as 1 of 12 safest children's hospitals in the nation. Dr. Churchwell also served as the CEO and ED for the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History

Alexandria Churchwell, lyricist and singer of The Music of Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History - A Savannah Green Story, attends Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She studies musical theater.
Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History

Helene Dunbar is the author of These Gentle Wounds (named one of BuzzFeed's "Top YA Novels of 2014" as well as Epic Read's "30 Books that Will Change Your View of the World") and What Remains. Over the years, she's worked as a theatre critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter, and exists on a steady diet of readers' tears.
What Remains

Susan Eaddy's mother framed the rooster she drew in kindergarten, and that's when she decided she wanted to be a verrryyy famous artist when she grew up. She now sculpts clay into illustrations for magazines and children's books, including My Love For You Is the Sun and Papa Fish's Lullaby. Poppy's Best Paper is the first book she has written. Susan lives in Nashville with her husband and countless critters made of clay.
Poppy's Best Paper

Christina Farley was born and raised in upstate New York. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. She taught at international schools in Asia for ten years, eight of which were in the mysterious and beautiful city of Seoul, Korea that became the setting of GILDED, SILVERN, and BRAZEN. Currently she lives in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons--that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown. Follow her on Instagram: @ChristinaLFarley and Twitter: @ChristinaFarley.

Nicholas Gannon is a graduate of Parsons School for Design, and this is his first book. He has lived in many places since his childhood, including Minnesota and upstate New York, but he now resides in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at
The Doldrums

Faye Gibbons is the author of numerous books for children and adults, including Night in the Barn, which was a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book and Winner of the Alabama Library Award. She lives in Alabama.

Guy Gilchrist cut his cartoon teeth on the stylings of Walter Lantz (Woody Woodpecker), Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney.  After high school, Guy was already working on his own children’s books and working for Weekly Reader Books. At the age of 24, he was hand-selected to draw Jim Henson’s The Muppets cartoon strip (which was wildly successful and printed worldwide in over 660 newspapers daily from 1981 – 1986). Throughout the years, Guy has set his hand to such notable cartoons as Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry,Fraggle Rock and The Pink Panther (to name a few), and was the co-creator of Muppet Babies. Guy took over Nancy in 1995. As a music lover, musician and songwriter living in the Nashville area, references to music are often a part of the Nancy comic strip. Guy has mentioned songwriters as well as very obscure musicians from the 1920s and ’30s, rockabilly acts, one-hit wonders and the biggest music stars. Guy never takes his job for granted and both Guy and Nancy’s sole mission is simply to make people smile. He knows that he must write and draw as well as he can to keep his audience of millions of people around the world smiling.

Lori Goldstein is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusettes, a place close enough to the ocean that she can smell the sea from her back deck and yet it still takes an hour to get to the beach. You can learn more about her and her books on
Becoming Jinn

Kathryn Holmes grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was an avid reader and an aspiring writer from an early age. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and piles upon piles of books. A graduate of The New School's MFA in Creative Writing program, Kathryn works as a freelance dance journalist, among other writing gigs. The Distance Between Lost and Found is her debut novel.
The Distance Between Lost and Found

Bryard Huggins, musical composer and producer of The Music of Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History - A Savannah Green Story, attends College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studies commercial music production.
Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History

Debra Coleman Jeter, a Vanderbilt University professor, has published fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her story, Recovery, won first prize in a Christian Woman short story competition, and her nonfiction book Pshaw, It s Me Grandson: Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the 2007 USA Book News Awards. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, and captured several international awards. She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her husband.
The Ticket

Ronald Kidd is the author of ten novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial. His novels of adventure, comedy, and mystery have received the Children's Choice Award, an Edgar Award nomination, and honors from the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. He is a two-time O'Neill playwright who lives in Tennessee.
Night on Fire

Taylor Kitchings' roots in Mississippi run many generations deep, though it took him a while to circle back to them. As a college freshman, he recorded the original album Clean Break, now considered a collector's item. As a junior, he wrote music for mallet and giant Mobius strip, performing at Manhattan's Cafe La MaMa. In the years between his BA from Rhodes College and MA from Ole Miss, he traveled from Memphis to New York to Europe, writing and performing songs on piano. He and his wife Beth have two children and live in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where he teaches English at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. His short story "Mr. Pinky Gone Fishing" was published in the collection Tight Lines from Yale University Press. YARD WAR is his first novel.
Yard War

Margo Lanagan has been publishing stories for children, young adults and adult readers for twenty-five years. She has won numerous awards, including four World Fantasy Awards. Two of her books have been Michael L. Printz Honor books and she has been shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula awards and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the young adult division. Follow her on Twitter: @MargoLanagan or visit her blog,

Lindsey Lane first conjectured that road trips could take place outside the space-time continuum in her undergraduate application essay to Hampshire College, where she received her B.A. degree. Later, when traveling the two-lane blacktops in Texas, she wondered if roadside pull-outs might be portals to other dimensions since they seemed to attract an odd assortment of folk. That wondering and other real-life adventures culminated in Evidence of Things Not Seen. This is her first novel, but she is also a playwright and journalist. Lindsey Lane holds an M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Austin, TX with her family.
Evidence of Things Not Seen

David Levithan is a children's book editor in New York City and the author of several books for young adults, including Lambda Literary Award winner Two Boys Kissing; Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (co-authored with Rachel Cohn); Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-authored with John Green); and Every You, Every Me (with photographs from Jonathan Farmer). He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Another Day

Eric Litwin is the author of The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House and the first four beloved, bestselling Pete the Cat books. He is also a seasoned children's performer.
The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance and Touch Blue. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and followed it with the beloved sequel, Happy Birthday, Hamster. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at
A Handful of Stars

Lynne Matson grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and with a backyard full of gnarly pines. A former attorney, Lynne now spends her days writing books about mysterious islands and other fantastical things. When she's not writing or reading, you'll find her hanging out with her husband and their four amazing boys, probably on the beach. Cookies are her kryptonite, especially thin mints.
Nil Unlocked

Michael McBride is currently an Art Instructor at Tennessee State University where he earned his undergraduate degree. He earned his Masters Degree from Illinois State University. McBride was featured in Visions of My People, sixty years of African American art in Tennessee, an exhibit organized by the Tennessee State Museum. He was one of twelve artists selected by The Tennessean newspaper for inclusion in the Millennium 2000 Collection, a signal honor. His work has been featured on television shows such as "Living Single," "The Wayans Brothers Show," and "The Jamie Foxx Show." The Thelma Harris Gallery in Oakland, California, represents McBride's work.
Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History

Matthew McElligott is the author of many books for children, including Even Monsters Need Haircuts, Even Aliens Need Snacks, and the Benjamin Franklinstein series. He has the brain of an Apatosaurus and the dashing good looks of a Pachycephalosaurus. In spite of this, a beautiful woman named Christy married him and now helps him with all his books. You can visit him at
Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster

Cammie McGovern is the author of the adult novels Neighborhood Watch, Eye Contact, and The Art of Seeing. This is her first book for young adults. Cammie is also one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.
A Step Toward Falling

Moriah McStay attended Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Two graduate degrees and seven jobs later, she's finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. Now she lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters. She's happy with all the choices and chances that brought her there. Everything That Makes You is her first novel for teens, and she's probably at home right now working on another one.
Everything That Makes You

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. When she's not writing or trying to catch stray animals, Julie can be found in a library smelling old books and manning the reference desk.

Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her family and more cats than necessary. When she's not writing books, she manages grants for a homeless shelter and chases her toddler. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is also the author of the Aladdin M!X title Breaking the Ice.
Breaking the Ice

Jennifer Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince, The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. She has also written The Underworld Chronicles, a humorous middle-grade fantasy series. Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.
A Night Divided

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Canadian Governor General's Literary Award for children's literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children's Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent, and The Boundless. Born on Canada's Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada, in England and Ireland, and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.
The Nest

Amy Christine Parker writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Follow her on Twitter: @amychristinepar or her website:

Stephan Pastis is the creator of Pearls Before Swine, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than six hundred newspapers and boasts a devoted following. Stephan spent many childhood hours by himself, drawing in his room. When Stephan wasn't drawing, he was spending time collecting baseball cards, his other childhood love. About entering the world of children's books for the first time, with Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Stephan says, "For me as a kid, I liked to laugh. And I'm hoping this book does that for both kids and their parents. I just really want to give them a story that has something humorous in every chapter."
Timmy Failure: Sanitized For Your Protection

C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is also the author of Defiance and Deception. If the novel-writing gig ever falls through, she'll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children.
The Shadow Queen

Gloria Respress-Churchwell is President of Butter Pecan Productions, LLC - a creative company that produces educational resources for educators, parents, children, and youth including videos and print media. She has produced and directed premier documentaries at the Nashville Film Festival: award winner The Life of Robert Churchwell: The Jackie Robinson of Journalism and From Sag to Swag: The Power of Dress. She has also co-written a play about Churchwell's life and is co-contributor of the Robert Churchwell Journalism Collection to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History

Ashlyne Huff Revelette not only grew up in a musical family, but as a singer and songwriter herself, joined New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys as an opening act on their 2011 tour of the U.S. Those experiences led to her first novel, Falling Stars, giving readers an up-close and personal view of what it's really like in Music City - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Ashlyne lives in Nashville with her husband, Mason, and dog, Charlie.
Falling Stars

James Riley is the author of the Half Upon a Time series, as well as many books too unwritten to count. He's met thousands of imaginary people, most of whom are more polite than you'd think, but less interesting than you'd hope. He doesn't believe fairy tales actually happened, mostly because he's never had tiny elves do his work for him at night, despite them promising several times. James currently lives outside Washington, DC, but it's not like he's special that way... so do a lot of other people.
Story Thieves

Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland, Turkey, Washington DC, California and Eugene, Oregon. She has written and directed a number of successful feature films. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband, Gary Rosen, in Santa Monica, California.
Appleblossom the Possum

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Geography of You and Me, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. Her work has been translated into thirty languages.
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

George Spain is a native Nashvillian and retired mental health worker. He has a big family and lots of friends. Spain is the author of two books and contributing author for Filtered Through Time, Ink Monkey, and the Williamson County Historical Society Journal.
The Last Giant

Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torchbearer. She is also the author of Faking Normal, the e-novella The Blue-Haired Boy, and her latest novel is The Lies about Truth.
The Lies About Truth

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb's novel, Selling Hope, garnered terrific reviews, including a star from Booklist, who said, "Tubb deftly ingrains a thoughtful ethical question into the story, but never overdoes it in this bouncy tale populated by a terrific cast of characters." Kristin lives in Tennessee with her family.
The 13th Sign

Lisa Lewis Tyre grew up in the tiniest of towns in Tennessee. As a child, she heard a local legend of siblings that found enough Civil War gold in their field to pay off the family farm, and she and her friends spent many hours searching their own backyards for treasure. Lisa now lives in Atlanta and works in Advertising/Social Media consulting.
Last in a Long Line of Rebels

Dana Walrath is the granddaughter of survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915. She earned a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. She completed Like Water on Stone, her first novel, during the year she spent as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia working on a project that builds on her award-winning grapic memoir series Aliceheimer's. Awards for her novel include the 2015 Notable Book for Global Society, the 2015 CBC Notable Trade Book for Social Studies, and YALSA's Best Fiction Nominee for 2015. When not in the mountains of Armenia, Dana lives in the mountains of Vermont where she is on faculty at the University of Vermont's College of Medicine. She has spoken extensively about the role of comics in healing through North America and Europe including talks at TEDxBattenkill and TEDxYerevan.
Like Water on Stone

CANCELLED - Will Walton is an indie bookseller in Athens, Georgia. Anything Could Happen is his first novel.
Anything Could Happen

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, the worldwide bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Follow him on Twitter @ScottWesterfeld, or visit

Rick Yancey, author of the 5th Wave Series, is the author of thirteen novels and a memoir. His books have been published in over twenty languages and have earned numerous accolades and awards from around the world. His young adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was named a "Best Book of the Year" by Publishers Weekly and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, Rick received a Michael L. Printz Honor for The Monstrumologist. The sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His novel, The 5th Wave, the first in an epic sci-fi trilogy, made its worldwide debut in 2013, and will soon be a major motion picture for GK Films and Sony Pictures.
The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, who created the artwork in these pages, and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
Everything, Everything

Jessica Young grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The same things make her happy now as when she was a kid: dancing, painting, music, digging in the dirt, picnics, reading, and writing. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Jessica's books include her award-winning picture book, My Blue is Happy, Spy Guy the Not-So-Secret Agent, and the Finley Flowers chapter book series. Her early chapter book series, Haggis and Tank Unleashed, will be published in Spring 2016 by Scholastic Branches. Twitter: @happybluejess
Spy Guy and Finley Flowers

Jeff Zentner is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Zentner works with young musicians at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp, which inspired him to write a novel for young adults. The Serpent King will be published in March 2016 and is Jeff’s first novel. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son. You can follow Zentner on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter at @jeffzentner.
The Serpent King