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Our Mentors

Nicole Melleby
Nicole Melleby is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Middle Grade
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Nicole Melleby
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Nicole Melleby is a born-and-bred Jersey girl with a passion for storytelling. She studied creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently teaches creative writing and literature courses with a handful of local universities. Her debut novel, HURRICANE SEASON earned three starred reviews and was awarded the Skipping Stones Honor Award for exceptional contribution to multicultural and ecological awareness in children’s literature. Her second novel, IN THE ROLE OF BRIE HUTCHENS… will be released Spring 2020. When she’s not writing, Nicole can be found browsing the shelves at her local comic shop or watching soap operas with a cup of tea.

Jim McCarthy
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Favorite Books

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Blake Herring
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

Years Mentored
2018, 2019
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