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Leah Johnson

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Leah Johnson is a writer, educator, and author of award-winning books for children and young adults. Her bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in a Crown was the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA pick, a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a 2021 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten selection, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ young adult literature. It was featured on a number of Best of the Year lists including: Cosmopolitan, Amazon, Kirkus, Marie Claire, Publishers Weekly, and New York Public Library. Her sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun is due out from Scholastic in July 2021, and the first installment of her debut middle grade series, Ellie Engle Saves Herself is slated for publication from Disney-Hyperion in spring 2023. In 2020, Leah was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and her debut novel named an Indies Introduce pick by the American Booksellers Association. Leah is a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow whose work has been published or is forthcoming in BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar among others. When she’s not writing or ranting about pop culture and politics on Twitter, Leah is a professor of creative writing and composition.

Cohort: Young-adult-fiction

Year: 2021

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