Author Coert Voorhees shares a challenging hiking experience that partially inspired his YA wilderness survival novel On the Free.
I’ve had some rough outings in my day, but I think my most intense experience came in the Grand Canyon when I was 19 years old. So intense was it, in fact, that I’ve incorporated some elements of this story into On the Free. Read More
By Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books
I was fascinated from the moment author Heather E. Schwartz first mentioned a group of black teen girls protesting for their civil rights in Georgia in 1963. These teen girl activists were locked up in a Civil War-era stockade in Leesburg, Georgia. What stood out the most to me was their incredible strength and resilience. Heather’s book Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade tells the story of these teen activists for readers in fifth grade and above. Read More
On the Free, the new YA wilderness survival novel by Coert Voorhees, takes readers on an intense, sometimes frightening trek through the Colorado wilderness. Voorhees tells his story from three different perspectives—and with a level of detail that reveals his own experience outdoors.
We caught up with Coert to find out more about that last part. Read More
By Eucabeth Odhiambo, author of middle-grade novel Auma’s Long Run
Writing Auma’s Long Run, my debut middle-grade novel set in Kenya in the 1980s, took me back to what things were like in Kenya when I was growing up and how so much has changed. Read More
National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold shares a note to What Girls Are Made Of readers and an excerpt from the book. Read More