147: Award-winning author Holly Thompson will visit any school in Japan or Massachusetts

Holly ThompsonITEM: Holly Thompson (www.hatbooks.com) lives in Japan and is from the state of Massachusetts in the U.S. She will do an author visit at a school in Japan (if outside greater Tokyo, school to pay transportation) or at a school in Massachusetts.

BIO: Holly Thompson (www.hatbooks.com) is author of the young adult novels in verse, The Language Inside and Orchards, winner of the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and adult novel Ash and picture book The Wakame Gatherers. Raised in Massachusetts but a longtime resident of Japan, she edited Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories to benefit teens affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. She is regional advisor of SCBWI Japan, and teaches creative writing and literature at Yokohama City University.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.
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