An Evening with Kekla Magoon

Headquarters library presents “An Evening with Kekla Magoon” on Monday, Feb 13 at 6:30pm.  Magoon is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults.  Come hear this dynamic author/writer/editor and stay for her Q and A. 

Magoon is the author of eight young adult novels, including The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, X: A Novel, and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series. She has received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, and has been long listed for the National Book Award. She also writes non-fiction on historical topics. She conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers’ Council for the National Writing Project. Magoon holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on the faculty. Visit her online at

She told School Library Journal, “We need a whole bunch of books about people of color, kids on the spectrum, etc. It’s strange that we have a population of school children that is majority nonwhite but their books are majority white. We need heroes of color in all different genres. It’s also valuable for white readers to be able to meet people in books that are different than themselves. That can be a way of expanding their minds and experiences.”  

Here are 37 adjectives that reviewers, readers, and authors have used to describe Kekla Magoon, her books, and her characters:


  1.    absorbing
  2. affecting
  3. appealing
  4. award-winning
  5. best
  6. clever
  7. compelling                        
  8. deeply layered
  9. elegant
  10. engaging
  11. exciting
  12. extensively researched
  13. eye-opening
  14. fully credible
  15. gentle
  16. heartbreaking
  17. hit
  18. important   
  19. intelligent
  20. long listed
  21.  never simplistic
  22. page-turning
  23. poetic
  24. powerful
  25. richly gritty
  26. satisfyingly
  27. sensible
  28. shocking
  29. smart
  30. suspenseful
  31. textured
  32. thrilling
  33. unflinching
  34. unforgettable
  35. Unputdownable
  36. well-paced
  37. wily
Posted by LaurieM on February 9, 2017