SoCal Fall Harvest: Faculty

Get to Know Our Faculty

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Moni Ritchie Hadley, Author

Moni is a Los Angeles-based children’s book author who draws inspiration from her dual Japanese and American upbringing. She is the author of MIso Magic, The Star Festival, a 2022 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, and Anzu and the Art of Friendship. Moni is a former Bruin, home/hospital teacher, and a lifelong daydreamer and learner. Find out more about her and the Write Kidlit NOW! Scholarship at moniritchie.com.

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Rex Ogle, Author

Rex is an award-winning author and the writer of nearly a hundred children’s books, comics, graphic novels, and memoirs—most notably Free Lunch, which won the ALA/YALSA award for Excellence in Non-Fiction. He has written under several pseudonyms, including Trey King and Honest Lee, but is currently focused on reimagining classic literature as modern or fantastical graphic novels as REY TERCIERO, under which he penned bestselling Meg, Jo, Beth, & Amy, as well as Northranger, nominated for both a Harvey and GLAAD Media Award. Born and raised (mostly) in Texas, Rex moved to New York City after college to intern with Marvel Comics before moving over to DC Comics, Scholastic, and Little Brown Young Readers. As an editor, he championed over a dozen NY Times Bestsellers and worked (and often wrote) on major brands such as X-Men, Justice League, Star Wars, LEGO, Power Rangers, Transformers, Minecraft, Assassin’s Creed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Neil Patrick Harris’s Magic Misfits. Now, Rex lives in Los Angeles where he writes every day—that is, when he’s not outdoors hiking with his dog, playing MarioKart with friends, or thinking up new ideas for books.

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Dainese Santos