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Laura Shovan
Laura Shovan is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Middle Grade
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Laura Shovan
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Laura Shovan’s debut middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was a NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the year, and won a Cybils Award for poetry. It was named the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices honor book in 2018. Laura’s second children’s novel, Takedown, launched in June, 2018. She lives with her family in Maryland, where she is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.

Favorite Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Ginger Pye, Eleanor Estes

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E. L. Konigsburg

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume

Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones

Years Mentored
2016, 2017