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BK: Middle Grade Author Panel

    10/14/2017 - 2:00pm

    Join us for a middle grade author panel with Melissa Roske, Karina Yan Glaser, Jake Burt, and Jodi Kendall! Perfect for young readers, parents, aspiring children's authors, and of course, anyone who enjoys a good story! 

    Melissa Roske is a writer of contemporary middle-grade fiction. Before spending her days with imaginary people, Melissa interviewed real ones, as a journalist in Europe. In London, she landed a job as an advice columnist for Just Seventeen magazine, where she answered hundreds of letters from readers each week. Upon returning to her native New York, Melissa contributed to several books and magazines, selected jokes for Reader’s Digest, and got certified as a life coach. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and the occasional dust bunny. KAT GREENE COMES CLEAN (Charlesbridge, 2017) is her debut novel. Find her online at

    Karina Yan Glaser is a full-time writer and illustrator with a varied career teaching and implementing literacy programs in family homeless shelters and recruiting healthcare professionals to volunteer in under resourced areas around the world. Karina is a contributing editor at Book Riot, the largest independent book media website in North America. Her debut middle grade book, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. She lives in Harlem with her husband, two daughters, and an assortment of rescue animals. One of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can’t go anywhere without a book. Visit her online at

    When he's not writing, Jake Burt teaches fifth grade. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with his wife, daughter, kitten, and several banjos. Greetings from Witness Protection! is his fiction debut. Find Jake at

    Jodi Kendall grew up in Columbus, Ohio with her family of seven, and a household of countless pets including hamsters, ducks, dogs, rabbits, an iguana, and yes… even a farm pig! As a freelance wildlife journalist, Jodi once followed a secret nighttime transport of a manta ray over state lines, swam with seven species of sharks, got up close and personal with venomous snakes, and motored through a saltwater crocodile breeding ground. These days, you can find Jodi typing away at home in New York City, where she’s still an animal lover at heart. Jodi holds an MFA from The University of Arizona and is an active member of SCBWI. THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY is her first novel, and the sequel is forthcoming with HarperChildrens in Fall 2018. Visit her online at