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A.J. Sass
A.J. Sass is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Middle Grade
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A.J. Sass
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A.J. Sass is a fiction-writing figure skater, inclined toward adventures of a traveling nature. He is autistic, non-binary, and keen on exploring how gender identity and neurodiversity impact character narratives.

An avid figure skater, A.J. is a US Figure Skating double gold medalist in Moves in the Field and Free Skate, a silver medalist in Ice Dance, and a member of the 2019 national silver medalist Masters synchronized skating team, IceSymmetrics.

A.J. grew up in the Midwestern US, came of age in the South, and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his boyfriend and two cats who act like dogs. His middle grade debut, ANA ON THE EDGE, will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in Fall 2020.

Jordan Hamessley
New Leaf Literary & Media Inc.

Favorite Books

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Front Desk by Kelly Yang

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