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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction History Non-Fiction


Illinois Connection

Magoon graduated with a B.A. from Northwestern University. While there, she also worked with youth-serving nonprofit organizations.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kekla Magoon is the author of over a dozen books for young readers. She has received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, the In the Margins Award, and been long listed for the National Book Award. She also writes non-fiction on historical topics.

She conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers' Council for the National Writing Project. Kekla holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty.

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Titles At Your Library


-- "Revolution in Our Time"

-- *Long Listed, National Book Awards, Young People's Literature, 2021