Fierce Fighting Girls

Presented by: Algonquin Young Readers & School Library Journal
Event Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 

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Algonquin Young Readers has a FIERCE fall 2019 line-up of middle grade and young adult titles. Join authors Tracey Baptiste, Sarah Jean Horwtiz, Karen Rivers, Maria Padian, and Cynthia Copeland as they discuss each of their brand-new titles and protagonists. Each title represents characteristics beyond just being tough and will encourage young readers to celebrate their own fierceness, whether they have Fierce Courage like Corinne or a Fierce Voice like Cindy.


Tracey Baptiste/Author/Algonquin Young Readers/Tracey Baptiste lived in Trinidad until she was fifteen; she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales. She is a former teacher who works as a writer and editor. Visit her online at and on Twitter: @TraceyBaptiste.

Sarah Jean Horwitz/Author/Algonquin Young Readers/ Sarah Jean Horwitz was raised in New Jersey, where her love of storytelling grew from listening to her mother’s original “fractured fairy tales.” She lives in Boston. Find her on Twitter, @sunshineJHwitz, or at

Karen Rivers/Author/Algonquin Young Readers/ Karen Rivers’s books have been nominated for a wide range of literary awards and have been published in multiple languages. When she’s not writing, reading, or visiting schools, she can usu­ally be found hiking in the forest that flourishes behind her tiny old house in Victoria, British Columbia, where she lives with her two kids, two dogs, and two birds. Find her online at and on Twitter: @karenrivers.

Maria Padian/Author/Algonquin Young Readers/ Maria Padian has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She is a freelance writer, essayist, and author of young adult novels, including Brett McCarthy: Work in ProgressJersey Tomatoes Are the Best, and Out of Nowhere. Maria lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine. Visit her online at and find her on Twitter: @mpadian.

Cynthia Copeland/Author/Algonquin Young Readers/ Cynthia L. Copeland is The New York Times bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of more than 25 books for adults and children. A graduate of Smith College, she lives in New Hampshire with her family. Cub is her first graphic memoir for young readers.   


Katy Hershberger, Senior Editor, YA, School Library Journal

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