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LA18 Faculty: The Books that Changed their Lives


On Friday morning, August 3, the LA18 Summer Conference kicked off as a distinguished group of agents, editors, authors, illustrators, and other industry pros introduced themselves in a novel and personal way. The LA18 Faculty were invited to share “the book that changed their life“.


Here were their responses:


Krista Marino Ramona Quimby, Age Eight by Beverly Cleary
Jenny Bent Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue by Maurice Sendak
Tanusri Prasanna Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Sara Sargent The Giver by Lois Lowry
Kirsten Hall One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Ammi-Joan Paquette Alana: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Peter Brown The Illusion of Life: The Making of Disney Movies by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
Jason Chin The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
Mike Curato Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Amanda Maciel A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban
 Francesco Sedita  Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
 Andrea Pinkney  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
 Brian Pinkney  Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
 Laurent Linn  The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
 Martha Brockenbrough  The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Paul O. Zelinsky  The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
 Jolie Stekly  Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
 Susanne Gervay  Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
 Naomi Kirsten  The Moomins by Tove Jansson
 Karen Grencik  Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
 Deborah Warren  The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
 Suzanne Morgan Williams  Tistou: The Boy with Green Thumbs by Maurice Druon and Ashley Ramsden
 Leslie Helakoski  The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka
 Daniel José Older  Bloodchild by Octavia Butler
 Elizabeth Law  Act 1 by Moss Hart
 Bruce Coville  The Synthetic Men of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
 Linda Sue Park  The Man With the Purple Eyes by Charlotte Zolotow
 Arthur Levine  I Always Wanted to be Somebody: The Autobiography of Althea Gibson by Althea Gibson
 Cecilia Yung  Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus
 Erin Entrada Kelly  Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Libba Bray The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Phil Bildner Am I Blue? By Bruce Coville
Lisa Yee Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Deborah Halverson Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Debbie Ridpath Ohi I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black
Hannah Mann Holes by Louis Sachar
Pat Cummings The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda Mass
Kevin Lewis The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Carolyn Mackler Forever… by Judy Blume; Autumn Street by Lois Lowry; The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Eliza Wheeler The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Melissa Stewart The Beak of the Finch: The Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner
Laura Godwin The Control of Nature by John McPhee
Namrata Tripathi The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
Malinda Lo A Ring of Endless Light by Madaleine L’Engle
Stephanie Garber The Beach House by R.L. Stine
Ibi Zoboi The Eye, The Ear, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Brandy Colbert Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
Elana K. Arnold Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls
Rubin Pfeffer A picture book biography of Beethoven
Carter Higgins Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman
Sue Fliess The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Candace Fleming Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Greg Pincus Strange but True by John Searles
Alexandra Penfold The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Lynda Mullaly Hunt The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Nicole White Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Dashka Slater Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton
Deborah Heiligman Peyote Hunt: The Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians by Barbara Myerhoff
Barbara Kerley Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh



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