Programs by Genre - Teens and Tweens

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
What's YOUR Superpower?: YA, Draw the Line, and How to Change the World

After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this powerful debut novel exquisitely illustrated by the author, Laurent Linn.

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Question Everything: YA Sci-Fi and Paranormal

Alys Arden, The Romeo Catchers
Claudia Gray, Defy the Stars
Sarah Tolcser, Song of the Current

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
State Library, Teen HQ
Urban Legends Triva
(Ages 11 and up)
Led by Jesse Haynes and Nicole Jorge

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
From Journaling to Wreath, in College: Evolution of an Author
Judy Christie

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Senate Chamber
Aging Out

This is the story of how Alton Carter aged out of the foster care system only to have his college dreams shattered and how he found the courage to face his past and dare to take the steps to the life and family he always dreamed he would one day have.

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Storm of the Century: Love in the Time of Hurricanes

Neil Connelly, Into the Hurricane
Joanne O’Sullivan, Between Two Skies

11:30 a.m. to Noon
State Library, Teen HQ
What’s That Line? Music Trivia
(Ages 11 and up)

Music trivia game led by Heather Demetrios

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Holding On and Letting Go: Memories, People and Hope

Brendan Kiely, The Last True Love Story
Jasmine Warga, Here We Are Now
Jeff Zentner, Goodbye Days

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Chamber
The Best Man

Newbery Medalist Richard Peck tells a story of small-town life, gay marriage, and everyday heroes in this novel for fans of Gary Schmidt and Jack Gantos.

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Coming Out of the Dark: Being True to Yourself in the Times of Adversity

S.F. Henson, Devils Within
Caleb Roehrig, Last Seen Leaving

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center

In novelist and podcaster Jesse Haynes’ newest book, two unlikely friends learn life lessons from each other in a story that teaches about kindness, friendship, and loss.

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
State Library, Teen HQ
YA Fiction-ary
(Ages 11 and up)

Knowledgeable about YA fiction titles? Think you could guess them by a drawing? Come play YA Fiction-ary in the Teen HQ! A prize will be awarded to 1 lucky participant.
Led by Teen HQ Coordinator Skye Norwood

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Toxic: Unhealthy Relationships in YA Fiction

Heather Demetrios, Bad Romance
Laurie Devore, How to Break a Boy

1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Come Sunday: A Young Reader’s History of Congo Square
(Ages 8 to 12)

Freddi Williams Evans’s image-driven book develops a deeper understanding of the people and events that shaped the history of New Orleans’s Congo Square. This book supports standards and benchmarks in social studies and language arts, and it invites discussions, cross curriculum instruction, and extended learning opportunities.

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Capitol Park Museum, Third Floor Exhibit Hall
Sioux Code Talkers of World War II
(Ages 8 to 12)

Told by Andrea M. Page the great-niece of John Bear King, who served in the First Cavalry as a Sioux Code Talker, this informative title explores not only the importance of the indigenous peoples to the war but also their culture and values.

2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
State Library, Teen HQ
Book to Screen Trivia
(Ages 11 and up)

Movie trivia game led by Judy Christie

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
You Are Not Alone: How Family and Friends Can Help You through Trying Times
(Ages 7 to 12)

Frye Galliard, Go South to Freedom
Linda Williams Jackson, Midnight Without a Moon
Corabel Shofner, Almost Paradise

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Ghosts with the Most: Paranormal Middle Grade Fiction
(Ages 8 to 12)

Michelle Schusterman, Olive and the Backstage Ghost
Ronald L. Smith, The Mesmerist

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Children’s Author Tent 1
The Amazing Adventures of Oliver Hill
(Ages 8 to 12)

Oliver and his friends, Olivia and Big Zeke, enjoy life and learn something new every day. Havilah Malone shares their amazing adventures with you to show that, deep inside, lie hidden treasures that you are sure to find.

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Did You Hear That?: Podcasts and Audio Dramas

Katherine Downey, Swoony Boys Podcast
Kassiah Faul, Swoony Boys Podcast
Jesse Haynes, Mazie Meadows Morning Show
Nicole Jorge, Alexandria Archives

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Who We Are: Discovering Yourself

Lauren Allbright, Exit Strategy
Michael Fry, How to be a Supervillain

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Meeting Room
WordPlay’s Freshhhh Heat Teen Open Mic and Poetry Slam

Freshhhh Heat is a monthly open mic and poetry slam put on by Forward Arts’ WordPlay Writing Project for teens ages 13 to 19. The poetry slam is a competition where poets are judged on a scale from zero to 10 on the merit of the writing and performance of their original works. The open mic is an opportunity for poets to perform in a noncompetitive format.

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor Capitol View Room
The Laughing Lady
(Ages 6 to 12)

In artist Dalt Wonk’s fantasy adventure for children, French Quarter Florence must follow the dreadful Laughing Lady into the spooky Fun House where she lives in order to rescue her beloved pet—a wise cracking bird named Signor Cockatoo.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Our #OwnVoices: Diverse YA Stories by Diverse YA Authors

The social media hashtag #OwnVoices was created by YA author Corinne Duyvis in 2015 in order to reference books with diverse characters by authors from the same diverse group. Join moderator Brendan Kiely as he leads a discussion with YA authors Laurent Linn, Caleb Roehrig, and Jasmine Warga about the importance of #OwnVoices in young people’s literature.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Coming Attractions: New and Upcoming YA Books
Judith Lafitte


Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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