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Our Mentors

Nicole Melleby
This 2021, Nicole Melleby is mentoring Middle Grade
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Nicole Melleby
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Nicole Melleby, a born-and-bread Jersey native, is an award-winning children’s author. Her middle grade books have been Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selections, and have earned the Skipping Stones Honor Award, as well as being a 2020 Kirkus Reviews best book of the year. Her debut novel, Hurricane Season, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She currently teaches college literature and creative writing, and spends most of her free time roller skating. She lives with her wife and their cat, whose need for attention oddly aligns with Nicole’s writing schedule.

Jim McCarthy
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC.

For Pitch Wars 2021, Nicole Melleby is co-mentoring with A.J. Sass.

Other Published Works

Hurricane Season, Algonquin Young Readers, May 2019
In the Role of Brie Hutchens..., Algonquin Young Readers, June 2020
This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, & Us, Knopf BFYR, October 2021
Science of Being Angry, Algonquin Young Readers, May 2022

Favorite Books

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Blake Herring
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Years Mentored
2018, 2019, 2021
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