Kelly Gallagher has dedicated his life to helping adolescent students become better readers and writers. As a teacher in California and in Harlem for a brief time, Gallagher continuously searches for ways to bring literacy to students. Thankfully, Gallagher shares his insightful findings through his writing, speaking engagements, and blog. Gallagher has written several books for teachers and is considering one of the leading names in literacy education worldwide. Gallagher is best known for his teacher education books, Readicide, Write Like This and 180 Days, which is co-authored by Penny Kittle.
Nic Stone is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous young adult and middle-level novels. The Georgia native enjoys reading and loves to be out on adventures. This diverse writer culls from her own experiences being a teen mentor, living abroad in Israel, and having a multicultural background. Dear Martin, Stone’s debut novel, was a William C. Morris Award finalist and a New York Times bestseller. Her novel, Odd One Out was an NPR Book of the Year and on a Rainbow List Top Ten Selection. Stone’s newest novel, Dear Justyce is a sequel to Dear Martin and will be released in early October. Through her novels, Stone sends a clear message – Be you!