Tackling Issues: Katherine Applegate and Jen Petro-Roy on Hard-Hitting Middle Grade Fiction

Saturday, April 28 | 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Literary

Katherine Applegate, Jen Petro-Roy, moderated by Mary Ann Scheuer

Great books for young readers don’t shy away from tough issues. In her wildly successful books for kids, Katherine Applegate (“Crenshaw,” “The One and Only Ivan”) has brought to life narrators of many different kinds, including a captive gorilla and a friendly neighborhood tree. Her books are brimming with imagination, whimsy, empathy, and hope—one New York Times reviewer called her newest, “Wishtree,” “the most moving commentary I’ve read on the anti-immigration movement.” Jen Petro-Roy is a vital new voice for young readers; her “P.S. I Miss You” has garnered national attention for centering on young same-sex love. Come hear how fiction can empower kids and make them feel less alone, and how reading can start a conversation around difficult subjects that kids engage with every day. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

The Marsh - Theater