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Launch Pad Authors and Illustrators

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Aditi Laddha

Age 11 (2008) Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India Illustrator, “A Day at the Beach”

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Adrianna Minio

Age 6 (2008) Massapequa Park, New York Author and Illustrator, “Blue Ocean”

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Alaina Houghtaling

Age 7 (2008) Lancaster, South Carolina Author, “Uninvited Guests”

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Alex G.

Age 11 Author, “My Trip to Monterey”

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Alexander Kozikowski

Age 12 (2008) Miller Place, New York Author, “How Tsunamis Came to Be”

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Alexandra Palmer

Age 12 (2008) Endwell, New York Illustrator, “Fairies of the Stars” and Illustrator, “The Case of the Missing Glass Easter Egg”

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Alfred Gower

Age 11 (2008) Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom Co-author, “Rabbits“

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Alisa Britton

Age 12 (2008) Summerland Point, New South Wales, Australia Author and Illustrator, “Echidna”

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Alison Jue

Age 10 (2008) Phoenix, Arizona Author, “Number the Stars: A Book Review”

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Alissa Gomez

Age 12 (2008) Benton, Kansas Author, “No One Special”

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Amanda Goldberg

Age 7 (2008) Irvington, New York Illustrator, “Water,” and Illustrator, “The Ocean and I”

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Amanda Zeldin

Age 10 (2008) Illustrator, “Storm” Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Amber Michelle Reicks

Age 10 Phoenix, Arizona Author and Illustrator, “The Sisters Grimm, Book One: The Fairy Tale Detectives” (Book Review)

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Amelia Curtis

Age 8 (2008) Battlefield, Missouri Author, “Storm: Heart of a Colt”

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Amy Morrisett

Age 10 (2008) Lexington, Massachusetts Author, “Seasons”

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Anastasia Christiane Hayes

Age 12 (2008) Staten Island, New York Illustrator, “Summer Night in Aspen” and “Vini the Wondrous Genie”

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Andrew Grier

Age 10 (2012) Mission Viejo, California Author, “Pencils”

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Anika Enfield

Age 8 (2008) Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Author and Illustrator, “The Adventures of Amber and Daisy”

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Anna Grayson

Age 8 (2008) Pleasant Hill, California Illustrator, “The Better Side of Rapunzel: Told from the Perspective of the Hair”

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Anna Grayson

Illustrator, “In the Days of Peter Piper” Age 10 (2014) Wall, New Jersey “My name is Anna Grayson and this is my second time being published in Launch Pad magazine. The first time, I was eight years old and I lived in a small town in California. Now I am fourteen and live in Salt …

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Annie Klopstock

Age 8 (2008) Walnut Creek, California Illustrator, “Spring”

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April Liu

Age 11, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Author, “The BFG (Book Review)”

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Brandi Bates

Age 12 (2008) Leawood, Kansas Illustrator, “Uninvited Guests”

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Brian Wenger

Age 9 (2008) Topeka, Kansas Author, “Kansas Sports”

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Briana Pagano

Age 11 (2008) East Marion, New York Author, “The Softball Dilemma”

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Briana Pavesi

Age 10 (2008) Harrison, New York Author, “It’s Peaceful in Winter”

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Camden Putnal

Age 11 (2010) Somerset, New Jersey Author, “Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Book Review)”

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Caroline Walters

Age 12 (2012) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Illustrator, “Old Leaf” “Hi, my name is Caroline Walters. I am a sixth grader at St. Aloysius Catholic School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I love to draw, play soccer, and play piano. I love my friends and family. I have two amazing little brothers and a puppy named Maxwell. …

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Casslyn McNamara

Author, “The Witch’s Brew” Age 13 Papillion, Nebraska I live in Papillion, Nebraska and go to St. Bernadette School as an eighth grader. I love to read, write, and play soccer. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going to football, basketball, and volleyball games with them. In addition to writing short stories, I …

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Catie Tomasello

Age 8 (2011) Land o’ Lakes, Florida Illustrator, “Colors”

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Celine R.

Age 9 (2008) Novi, Michigan Author and Illustrator, “The Forest”

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Christina Faith Novoselac

Age 11 (2008) Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Illustrator, “Loons in Maine” and “The Softball Dilemma”

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Ciaravic Lalo

Age 10 (2008) Wharton, New Jersey Author, “The Case of the Missing Glass Easter Egg”

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Claire Shihadeh

Age 9 (2008) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Illustrator, “Canoe Days”

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Clare Thompson

Age 12 (2010) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Author and Illustrator, “The Sisters Grimm, Book Two: The Unusual Suspects (Book Review)”, Author, “Twilight (Book Review)”

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Clarie Moran

Age 8 (2008) Author, “Snakes” and “The Problem in Meowica” Iola, Kansas

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Cori Pitiger

Age 11 (2008) Purchase, New York Illustrator, “It’s Peaceful in Winter”

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Courtney Licata

Age 10 (2012) St. Louis, Missouri Author, “Old Leaf” Courtney Licata is in 5th grade this year at Mason Ridge Elementary School in St. Louis, MO. She has two cats, Midnight and Princess. Her hobbies are writing, reading and playing computer and video games. She also enjoys lots of outdoor activities like tree climbing, hiking …

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Dagny Aasgaard

Age 10 (2008) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Author, “Fairies of the Stars”

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Eilish O’Brien

Age 10 (2008) Gore, Southland, New Zealand Author and Illustrator, “Wolf” and Illustrator, “The Problem in Meowica”

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Elizabeth Weal

Age 12 (2008) Atlanta, Georgia Author, “Flashlight Eyes”

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Emily Jobson

Age 9 (2008) Lincoln, Nebraska Author, “The Ocean and I”

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Emily Thompson

Age 9 (2008) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Illustrator, “Macaw”

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Emma B. Minneapolis, Minnesota Illustrator, “Mystery” (last name and age withheld by request)

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Emma Blanks

Age 10 (2013) Clemmons, North Carolina Illustrator, “My Cat Is Alive” “Hello, my name is Emma Blanks. I live in Clemmons, North Carolina. Other than art, I enjoy many other hobbies such as acting, guitar, and horseback riding. I am a competitive, year round swimmer. I go to school at Brunson Elementary School in Winston …

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Emma C.

Age 9 (2012) Manhattan Beach, California Illustrator, Umbrella Memories Emma C. is nine years old, and lives in California with her sister, parents, and their adorable cat, Ferris. She likes to read, paint, and draw.

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Faizan Khalid

Age 10 (2011) Edwardsville, Pennsylvania Author, “Dog Breath (Book Review)”

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Gabi Fitzgibbon

Age 11 New South Wales, Australia Author, “Promise Not to Tell”

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Gracie

Age 14 (2010) Illustrator, The Case of the Stolen Computers

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Greer Miceli

Age 9 (2008) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Illustrator, “Alfie and the Magic Milk”

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Hailey Bryant

Age 14 (2012) Sooke, British Columbia, Canada Author, Childhood Memory My name is Hailey. I am currently fourteen years old, but I was twelve when I wrote this short story. I am from Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. It’s pretty much the best place on earth. I love writing songs, poetry and of course stories. I …

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Hannah Schmitt

Age 10 (2008) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Illustrator, “At the Magical Fountain” and Illustrator, “My Fear of Swimming”

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Hannah Schmitt

Age 14 (2012) Indian Hills, California Illustrator, The Fairy’s Gift

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Harry Varonides

Age 10 (2011) Forty Fort, Pennsylvania Author, “Year of the Rat (Book Review)”

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Heather Kranz

Age 11 (2012) Fort Collins, Colorado Illustrator, “A Brave Little Girl”

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Hunter Alexandra Williams

Age 10 (2008) Princeton, Kansas Author and Illustrator, “Oatman, Arizona”

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Isabel Wolfer

Age 10 (2008) Aspen, Colorado Author, “Canoe Days”

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Isabella Gianatiempo

Age 7 (2008) Martinez, California Illustrator, “Rabbits” and “Big Blue” and “No One Special” Author and Illustrator, “Blood Orange and Kumquat”

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Isabella Gianatiempo (2012)

Age 12 (2012) Martinez, California Illustrator, “Calypso” Author and Illustrator “Blood Orange and Kumquat” “Hi. My name is Isabella Gianatiempo. I live in Martinez, CA. I am 12 years old and I go to Martinez Junior High School. Some of my hobbies are drawing and painting, playing piano, writing, and dancing. I am a competitive …

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Isabelle St. John

Age 11 (2008) Appleton, Wisconsin Author and Illustrator, “Peter Rabbit and the Hot Petunias” and Illustrator, “A World of Musical Notes,” and Author and Illustrator, “The Bookshop Stowaway”

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Jack Shapiro

Age 11 (2008) Harrison, New York Illustrator, “Pumpkin Pie”

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Jada Green

Age 11 (2012) Naperville, Illinois Author, “A Single Drop of Moonlight” “My name is Jada Green and I go to school at Covenant Classical School. I am in fifth grade and I am 11 years old and I love to read, write, and play piano. I have a dog named Blitzen who was born on …

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James Gui

Age 9 (2008) Mansfield, Connecticut Author, “The Evil Magician”

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Jamie Uy

Age 12 (2012) Bangkok, Thailand Author, “Calypso” Jamie is 12 years old and in 7th grade. She enjoys playing the flute, reading space books, and writing poetry. Her favorite subject is humanities. She would like to be an author when she grows up. Jamie lives in Thailand and goes to an international school.

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Jared Gaynes

Age 11 (2008) Harrison, New York Author, “Macaw”

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Jaylee Howell

Age 8 (2012) Pineville, Missouri Author, “The Big Flood”

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Jennifer Hepp

Age 10 (2008) Novi, Michigan Author, “A Day at the Beach” and “Beach Imagery Poem”

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Jessica M. Gardiner

Age 8 (2008) Michigan Author, “The Statue”

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Jihad Hasan

Age 9 (2008) Sydney, Australia Author, “The Blue Whale”

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Joyanna Xiang

Age 9 (2012) Martinez, California Illustrator, “The Big Flood”

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Juan Martin Velez

Age 10 (2011) Houston, Texas Author, Out of My Mind (Book Review) Martin writes, “My name is Juan Martin Velez, but I go by ‘Martin.’ I was born in Colombia, and moved to the US with my parents when I was eight months old. I also speak and read Spanish, and I’m learning Japanese. I …

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Julia Lombardo

Age 12 (2010) Franklin Park, New Jersey Author, “Julie Tells Her Story (Book Review)”

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Julia Van Lare

Age 10 (2014) Coronado, California Author, “The Shadow and Its Face.”

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Kai Fellner

Illustrator, “A Yummy Heritage” Age 10 Winter Haven, Florida

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Katie Sweeney

Age 13 (2010) Woongarrah, New South Wales Illustrator, “Promise Not to Tell“

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Katie Yoder

Age 11 (2008) North Collins, New York Author, “Loons in Maine“

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Kayla McAllister

Author, “My Cat is Alive!” (Age 10, 2013) Author and Illustrator, “Single Panel Comic Collection” (Age 11, 2014) Greeley, Colorado “I love curling up with a good book. The longest book I’ve ever read was 735 pages! Another thing I love curling up with is my adorable gray fluffy cat. I also enjoy drawing pictures, …

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Kelsey Walker

Age 9 (2008) Mansfield, Connecticut Illustrator, “The Evil Magician”

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Kieran Storer

Age 8 (2008) Houghton, Michigan Illustrator, “Snakes” and Illustrator, “A Curled up Shell”

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Krista McAllister

Author, “A Yummy Heritage” Age 12 (2013) Illustrator, “The Witch’s Brew” Age 13 (2013) Greeley, Colorado I love reading great books, especially ones about horses, as well as drawing horses. My newest hobby is designing and sewing American Girl doll clothes. I love being in the great outdoors and riding horses every chance I get. …

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Leif Odegard

Age 7 (2008) Hougton, Michigan Author and Illustrator of “Caterpillar”

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Lillian Ryan

Age 12 (2014) St. Louis, Missouri Illustrator, “The Shadow and Its Face.”

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Lissie Chin

Age 8 (2010) Pleasant Hill, California Illustrator, “Seasons“

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Mahnoor Raza

Age 9.5 (2011) Skardu, Pakistan Author, “The Last Polar Bears (Book Review),” The Fairy’s Gift

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Makenzie Myers

Age 10 (2011) Windsor, Colorado Author, “Scout’s Big Adventure” My name is Makenzie Myers and I am ten years old and live in Windsor, Colorado. I am in the fifth grade at Resurrection Christian School. I am originally from Gardendale, Alabama but my family moved to Colorado in 2007. I have two dogs: Cassie and …

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Maks Kuskovski

Minneapolis, Minnesota Illustrator, “Biking Really Fast”

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Mallory Dixon

Age 10 (2008) Mountain Top, Pennsylvania Illustrator, “Flashlight Eyes”

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Maria Hansen

Illustrator, “The Unforgiving Sea” Age 12 (2010) Illustrator, “Scout’s Big Adventure” Age 13 (2011) Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Matthew McLoughlin

Age 10 (2008) Irvington, New York Illustrator, “The Statue”

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Maya Gouw

Age 11 (2008) South Setauket, New York Illustrator, “Beach Imagery Poem”

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Megan Lyon

Age 10 (2008) Lancashire, England Author, “Alfie and the Magic Milk”

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Meghna Melkote

Age 11 (2011) Moosic, Pennsylvania Author, “Walk Two Moons (Book Review)”

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Melanie A. Douglas

Age 7 1/2 (2008) Durham, North Carolina Illustrator, “Caterpillar”

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Mia Mueller

Age 11 (2008) Middletown, Delaware Illustrator, “The Old Fashioned Typewriter”

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Michael Kelley

Age 14 Portsmouth, Virginia Illustrator, A Horrible Start

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Miranda Burrage-Goodwin

Age 12 (2008) Weston, Massachusetts Author, “The Better Side of Rapunzel: Told from the Perspective of the Hair”

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Molly Perlman

Age 10 Belgium Author, “Vini the Wondrous Genie“

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Nigel Menezes

Author, “The Rubbish That People Throw Away” Age 9 (2013) Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Nigel is a nine year old boy who loves reading and writing. His works include short stories, cinquain, and short poems.

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Ollanta Wascher

Age 12 (2012) Lima, Perú Illustrator, Childhood Memory My name is Ollanta Wascher, I´m twelve years old. I´ve lived in Santa Fe, NM for eight years, then we came down to Perú. I have lived in Los Organos, a sea-side town north of Perú and traveled to other parts of the country, like Cuzco, Arequipa, …

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Ollanta Wascher Vargas

Age 7 (2008) Santa Fe, New Mexico Author and Illustrator, “Why Anteater Looks Before He Eats” and Illustrator, “Father Alligator”

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Pasha McGuigan

Age 11 (2011) Falls Church, Virginia Author, “Colors” “Hi, I’m Pasha McGuigan. I’m 11 years old and I am in 6th grade. I go to Glasgow Middle School in Fairfax County, Virginia. I like to write poetry because I can express my thoughts and write whatever I want. I also enjoy reading novels and playing …

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Patrick Oshakuade

Age 11 (2008) East Marion, New York Author, “My Fear of Swimming“

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Paul R.

Age 11 (2013) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Author, “The Genius Files (Book Review)” “Hello my name is Paul. I am eleven years old. I like playing soccer and I like writing and drawing.”

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Peri Sheinin

Age 8 (2008) East Greenwich, Rhode Island Author, “The Old Fashioned Typewriter”

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Peter Mitelman

Age 9 (2012) Westwood, New Jersey Author, A Horrible Start

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Rachel Sudyn

Age 8 (2008) Lancaster, New York Author, “A Curled up Shell”

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Rachel Thorburn

Age 11 London, Ontario, Canada Author, “Father Alligator”

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Rebecca Rudner

Age 11 (2010) Edison, New Jersey Author, “Saffy’s Angel” (Book Review)

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Rebecca Trouern-Trend

Age 10 (2008) Marlborough, Connecticut Author, “Pumpkin Pie”

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Reed Moffitt

Age 7 Concord, Massachusetts Author, “Biking Really Fast”

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Renata Herrmann

Age 12 (2008) Towanda, Kansas Author, “A World of Musical Notes”

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Richard Graham

Age 9 (2008) Phoenix, Arizona Author and Illustrator, “Coral Reef,” Illustrator, Oceans Cover

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Rishikesh Gandhewar

Age 9 (2008) Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom Co-author, “Rabbits“

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Robert Goldberg

Age 9 (2008) Irvington, New York Author, “Big Blue” and “Water”

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Rosemary O’Hagan

Age 12 (2008) Wake Forest, North Carolina Author, “Summer Night in Aspen”

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Rylee Gavlick

Age 10 (2011) Kingston, Pennsylvania Author, “Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Song (Book Review)”

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Samantha Keng

Age 11 (2008) Smyra, Georgia (USA) Author and Illustrator, “Hot Air Balloon” and Author, “Mystery”

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Sammie Armentor

Age 8.5 (2010) New Iberia, Louisiana Author, The Case of the Stolen Computers

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Sandra Carpenter

Age 11 (2008) Ridgefield, Connecticut Illustrator, “On My Ranch” and “The Mermaid”

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Sarah Nickolas

Age 10 (2010) South Windsor, Connecticut Author, “The Unforgiving Sea”

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Sasha Zeidenberg

Age 12 (2012) Amherst, Massachusetts Author, Umbrella Memories

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Scott Lamunyon

Age 11 (2008) Towanda, Kansas Author, “The Missing Coffee“

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Sophia Charles

Age 9 (2012) Gaithersburg, Maryland Author, “A Brave Little Girl”

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Sophia Rosen

Age 9 (2008) Martinez, California Illustrator, “My Trip to Monterey” and Illustrator, “Seasons”

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Sophia Rosen

Age 9 (2008) Martinez, California Illustrator, “Spring”

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Tatiana Soto

Age 11 (2008) Raleigh, North Carolina Author, “At the Magical Fountain”

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Taylor Rooke

Age 10 (2012) Redditch, Worcestershire, UK Author, “Pencils”

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Torri-Anne Hunter

Age 13 Wyong, New South Wales, Australia Illustrator, “Promise Not to Tell“

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Xander Kraft

Age 9 (2008) Bridger, Montana Illustrator, “Kansas Sports”

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Yanna Albarracin

Age 9 (2012) Martinez, California Illustrator, “The Big Flood”

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Zainab Hasan

Age 8 (2008) Sydney, Australia Illustrator, “The Blue Whale”

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Zoe Storer

Age 10 (2012) Houghton, Michigan Illustrator, “A Single Drop of Moonlight” Zoe loves animals. She likes to horseback ride, go to the Humane Society, swim, and play soccer. She likes to do these things with her friend. She also likes labeling maps in school.

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