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Linda Phillips

Charlotte, North Carolina
I am passionate about poetry and realistic fiction. My first YA novel in verse, Crazy, follows a teenager's struggle to understand her mother's mental illness. It was short-listed for the Crystal Kite Award, an Honor book for the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, and an IndieFab Book of the Year finalist. My second YA verse novel, Behind These Hands, won first runner-up for the Eric Hoffer Award. It depicts the life-changing challenges a teen piano prodigy faces when her two little brothers are stricken with a rare genetic disorder. I look forward to discussing how my books, and those of my fellow authors Lisa Kline and Kathleen Burkinshaw, create opportunities to address social-emotional learning in the classroom.