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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Saturday, October 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Middle Grade: The Power of Friendship

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From group selfies to sleepovers, part of growing up is forming strong friendships—some of which can last for a lifetime! In this session, we’ll hear from three novelists whose latest books vividly illustrate just how powerful friendship can be. In Ali Benjamin’s moving, award-winning novel The Thing About Jellyfish, a girl retreats into her imagination after losing her best friend. In Jo Knowles’s Still a Work in Progress, friendships help sustain a boy whose family life is in crisis. And in Paul Griffin’s When Friendship Followed Me Home, a scruffy four-legged friend leads a lonely boy to his first real friendship, and all the humor and heartbreak that accompanies it. Bring your best friends to this session, hosted by our friend Cathryn Mercier of Simmons College.


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Cathryn Mercier

Cathryn Mercier is the director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and a professor of English at Simmons College. She has contributed to the scholarship on children’s literature and children’s authors and served on numerous award committees. Links: Simmons Center for the Study of Children’s Literature

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Ali Benjamin

Ali Benjamin’s debut novel, The Thing About Jellyfish, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is the co-author of HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl’s memoir Positive and Tim Howard’s New York Times-bestseller The Keeper. Her writing has appeared in publications including the Boston Globe Magazine and Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, and she served as story researcher and... Read More →
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Paul Griffin

Paul Griffin is an author of novels for middle grade and young adults. His work includes Ten Mile River, Adrift, Burning Blue, Stay with Me, and The Orange House, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top Ten, an International Reading Association’s 2010 Notable Book for a Global Society, Chicago Public Library’s Best Book of 2009, and an Amelia Bloomer Project award winner. Griffin is also a teacher; he began working... Read More →
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Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is a teacher in the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University and recipient of a 2005 PEN literary award. She is the author of middle-grade and young adult books including Lessons from a Dead Girl, See You at Harry’s, Jumping off Swings, and Read Between the Lines. Her most recent book, Junior Library Guild selection Still a Work in Progress, follows its young narrator as he struggles for normalcy in the midst of his older... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA