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Wednesday, October 10 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Heroine's Journey

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Female heroes find their power, courage, and humility in Deborah Schaumberg and Kathy Macmillan’s gripping new novels. In The Tombs, Deborah Schaumberg melds history and fantasy, taking readers on sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl’s breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York, and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried? In Dagger and Coin, Kathy Macmillan’s heroine, Soraya Gamo, was meant to be queen of Qilara, until an Arnath slave rebellion destroys the monarchy and the capital city. Now, she sits on the new Ruling Council beside her former enemies, holding the political power she always wanted – but over a nation in ruins. As she works to rebuild Qilara, she can, at last, use what everyone once told her to hide: her brain. 

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Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse (2016) was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award, and its companion novel, Dagger and Coin (2018) has been called... Read More →
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Deborah Schaumberg

Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters... Read More →