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Wednesday, October 10 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Unhappy in Their Own Way

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Two writers tackle dark, intense family problems within the young adult novel. No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli tells the story of a high school senior who just suffered a family trauma and was left with the huge responsibility of caring for his grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's, all while trying to meet girls and make the varsity baseball team. VOYA describes the book as “a timeless story of coming-of-age while watching loved ones fade into age." In More Than We Can Tell, Brigid Kemmerer shares a dark narrative about the love of two troubled teens, one of whom is living with loving adoptive parents while abusive biological parents linger in the background; and, another teen dealing with constantly fighting parents and cyberbullying. Booklist calls it "an absorbing, emotional roller coaster of a read.”

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Brigid Kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer is author of the dark contemporary young adult novels More than we Can Tell and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as numerous other books about teens coping with life, love, and family drama while trying to make it to adulthood unscathed. She lives in the Baltimore... Read More →
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Frank Morelli

Frank Morelli has been a teacher, a coach, a bagel builder, a stock boy, a pretzel salesman, a bus driver, a postal employee, a JC Penney model (see: clerk), an actual clerk (like in the movie of the same name), a camp counselor, a roving sports reporter, and a nuclear physicist... Read More →