Who Am I?

Children's Stage at Decatur Recreation Center presented by Decatur Education Foundation

Saturday, 3:15-3:45

When the world around you changes, when everything is suddenly unfamiliar, what makes you you? Whether it is a freak act of nature, a sudden move to place you've never known, or a battle of good vs. evil on ice skates, these three mid grade novels will have you have you on the edge of your seat!


Pablo Cartaya


Pablo Cartaya's novels explore identity, place, and the spaces in-between. His debut novel about a boy standing up for his community, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, received three starred reviews and a Pura Belpré Honor. When Pablo isn't writing, he's spending time with his family or dreaming of his next visit to Puerto Rico.

Henry Lien


Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, earning several Nebula Award nominations. Born in Taiwan, Henry currently lives in Hollywood, California. Peasprout Chen is his debut novel.

Stacy McAnulty


Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, who’s also qualified to be a dog therapist (is that a thing???), a correspondent for The Daily Show (why not), and a Green Bay Packer coach (totally!).

She has written dozens of books including her debut middle-grade novel, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book Excellent Ed, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. When not writing, Stacy likes to listen to NPR, bake triple-chocolate cupcakes, and eat triple-chocolate cupcakes. Originally from upstate New York, she now lives in Kernersville, North Carolina, with her 3 kids, 3 dogs, and 1 husband.


Anica Mrose Rissi

Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, where she read a lot of books and loved a lot of pets. She now tells and collects stories, makes up songs on her violin, and eats lots of cheese with her friends in Princeton, New Jersey. Her books include the Anna, Banana chapter-book series, the picture book The Teacher's Pet, and the YA novel Always Forever Maybe.