Field Family Teen Author Series

The Field Family Teen Author Series promotes a lifetime love of reading by creating a personal connection between author and student. In addition, students get to know their local Free Library branch, an essential public resource for academic enrichment, recreational reading materials, cultural opportunities, and internet access.

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Field Family Teen Author Series is one of the best in the country.

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Philly’s Free Library has created a teen program that would make Oprah envious.

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How it Works

The Teen Author Series operates in partnership with Philadelphia high schools and middle schools—public, charter, magnet, and diocesan—and is open to classes in grades 7–12. Participation is by invitation only.

  • There is no cost to schools or students!
  • Each student receives a FREE copy of the visiting author’s book to keep!
  • The Teen Author Series Outreach Coordinator will visit your classroom to talk about the author’s book and deliver copies for each participating student to read in advance.
  • Students meet the author at their local Free Library branch for a one-hour presentation, Q&A, and book signing.

Get Involved!

Teachers and school administrators can contact the Teen Author Series Outreach Coordinator at teenauthors@freelibrary.org or 215-686-5372 for information about current opportunities to participate.

Teen Author Series - Spring 2020

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Tommy Orange | There, There

“Masterful. White-hot. A devastating debut novel” (The Washington Post), Tommy Orange's There There is the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia featured book. A 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist, it follows the convergence of 12 unforgettable Native American characters living in Oakland, California, building to a shocking but inexorable conclusion. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Orange teaches in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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Adib Khorram | Darius the Great is Not Okay

Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award and “layered with complexities of identity, body image and mental illness that are so rarely articulated in the voice of a teenage boy of color” (New York Times), Adib Khorram's debut novel tells the story of a half-Persian teen whose world changes when he travels to Iran to meet his grandparents for the first time. Suffering from chronic depression and bullied at school in America, Darius isn't sure how he'll fare in a country he's never seen. It doesn't take him long to adjust, however, especially after he meets his first real friend.

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Gabby Rivera | Juliet Takes a Breath

The first Latina to write for Marvel comics, Gabby Rivera created the popular AMERICA series, featuring the multiverse-hopping superpowered Latina dynamo Miss America, aka America Chavez. Honored as one of the SyFy network's top comic creators and one of NBC's #Pride30 Innovators, she has also contributed short stories to several anthologies, including The Secret Loves of Geeks, Sound Bites, and A People's Future of the United States. In Juliet Takes a Breath, Rivera offers up a bold coming-of-age tale about a newly out young Puerto Rican from the Bronx who embarks upon an eye-opening internship with her idol.

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Jacqueline Woodson | Harbor Me

The author of nearly 30 books for young people and adults, Jacqueline Woodson has won three Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honors, and the 2014 National Book Award for her poetry collection Brown Girl Dreaming. She was also the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Harbor Me celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.

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Ibi Zoboi | Pride

National Book Award Finalist (American Street) Ibi Zoboi returns with her second novel, Pride, a modern and fresh retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Zuri Benitez has plenty of pride: for her family, for Brooklyn, and for her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her neighborhood from major gentrification. And she doesn't intend to get to know the interlopers—especially not the newly arrived Darcy family across the street…

The Field Family Teen Author Series is endowed through a generous grant from the family of Marie and Joseph Field.