Free Library of Philadelphia
Field Family Teen Author Series: The Field Family Teen Author Series promotes a lifetime love of reading by creating a personal connection between author and student. In addition, students get to know their local Free Library branch, an essential public resource for academic enrichment, recreational reading materials, cultural opportunities, and internet access.
“The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Field Family Teen Author Series is one of the best in the country.”
– Walter Dean Myers
“Philly’s Free Library has created a teen program that would make Oprah envious.”
– “Star Power” School Library Journal
How it Works
The Teen Author Series operates in partnership with Philadelphia high schools and middle schools—public, charter, magnet, and diocesan—and is open to classes in grades 7–12. Participation is by invitation only.
  • There is no cost to schools or students!
  • Each student receives a FREE copy of the visiting author's book to keep!
  • The Teen Author Series Outreach Coordinator will visit your classroom to talk about the author's book and deliver copies for each participating student to read in advance.
  • Students meet the author at their local Free Library branch for a one-hour presentation, Q&A, and book signing.
Get Involved!
Teachers and school administrators can contact the Teen Author Series Outreach Coordinator at or 215-686-5372 for information about current opportunities to participate.
Fall 2014 Teen Author Series Events
Rita Williams Garcia Rita Williams Garcia | P.S. Be Eleven
Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award -winning novel One Crazy Summer, which was also a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. She is the author of six other notable novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies, and Fast Talk on a Slow Track—all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. In P.S. Be Eleven, sequel to One Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn with a newfound streak of independence.
Deborah Ellis Deborah Ellis | Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees
Writer and activist Deborah Ellis is the author of more than twenty books, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. In Children of War, Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war. She interviews two dozen young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also some who are building new lives in North America. Their harrowing stories reveal inspiring resilience as the children try to survive the consequences of war.
Meg Medina Meg Medina | Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Named one of CNN’s 10 Visionary Women in America, Meg Medina examines how cultures intersect through the eyes of young people, and writes stories that address what is unique in Latino culture and universal experiences. She received the 2014 Pura Belpré medal and the 2013 CYBILS Fiction Award for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, a novel with “a protagonist who is more than a mere victim and an ending that rings complicatedly true” (The Washington Post). She is also the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car.
John Lewis and Andrew Aydin John Lewis and Andrew Aydin | March: Book One
Congressman John Lewis is one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, and receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president. In March, a graphic novel trilogy, Lewis “brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands” (President Bill Clinton). Book One, co-written with Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, spans Lewis’s youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
Kill Shakespeare Kill Shakespeare
An award-winning graphic novel series, Kill Shakespeare pits the Bard’s greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to track down a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare. The stage show enlivens the books, combining images from the acclaimed series with actors and music. Co-created and co-written by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col, with art by Andy Belanger, it has been nominated for Harvey and Joe Shuster Awards.
Holly Goldberg Sloan Holly Goldberg Sloan | Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan has written and directed a number of popular family feature films, including Angels in the Outfield, starring Danny Glover and Tony Danza, Made in America with Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson, and The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course. Her debut novel, I’ll Be There, which tells the story of two brothers with an unstable father who keeps the family constantly on the move, was named a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book and a 2011 Los Angeles Public Library Best of YA Book, among other honors. Her “tender, nuanced (The Washington Post) new book Counting by 7s follows 12-year-old Willow Chance in a story of survival, connection, kindness, and community.
The Field Family Teen Author Series is endowed through a generous grant from the family of Marie and Joseph Field.
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