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Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance, for which he won a Coretta Scott King Honor award; The Great Greene Heist, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection; and To Catch a Cheat, another Jackson Greene adventure and a Kids' Indie Next List pick. He lives with his family near Austin, Texas. You can find him online at varianjohnson.com.
Shannon Wright is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Richmond, Virginia. She has illustrated two picture books, My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat and I'm Gonna Push Through by Jasmyn Wright. She also provided the cover art for Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson, and Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Perez. Shannon graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she co-teaches a comics course during the summer. To learn more, visit her online at shannon-wright.com.


Praise for Twins: National Indie BestsellerJunior Library Guild SelectionNPR Best Book of 2020Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2020Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020Horn Book Best Book of 2020School Library Journal Best Book of 2020Booklist Best Book for YouthBarnes & Noble Best Book of 2020Today.com Best Book for Kids, Tweens, and Teens in 2020Nerdist Best Comic of 2020Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Best Book for Young ReadersRecipient of five starred reviews* Wright's artwork, crisp and colorful, does a masterful job of tracking the twins's emotional arcs through expressive composition, and Johnson's impeccable pacing keeps things moving while still making room for rich development. A beautiful reflection on sisterhood and coming of age that belongs in every collection. -- Booklist, starred review* The sibling bond is palpable and precious as each conflict and triumph pushes them apart or pulls them together.... A touching, relatable story of identity, sisterhood, and friendship. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* A must-read for middle grade comics lovers. Expect high demand from fans of comics like those by Svetlana Chmakova, Jerry Craft, and Raina Telgemeier. -- School Library Journal, starred review* Johnson and Wright have expertly teamed up to create a relatable story for all middle schoolers. -- The Horn Book, starred review* An engaging read that speaks to worries of burgeoning self-identity and tween change. -- Publishers Weekly, starred reviewThere is so much happening in the world. Many of our young people are feeling uncertain and anxious. Young readers need a friend, a special buddy, to help them navigate this new norm. This book is a comforting companion. -- The New York Times Book ReviewHas all the hallmarks of the kind of books that become timeless classics. If there's any justice in the world, kids will be reading Twins for decades. -- NerdistPraise for The Parker Inheritance: * A must-purchase. -- School Library Journal, starred review* Johnson's Westing-game inspired tale is a tangled historical mystery, a satisfying multigenerational family story, and an exploration of twentieth-century (and contemporary) race and racism. -- The Horn Book, starred review* A compelling mystery and a powerful commentary on identity, passing, and sacrifice. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred reviewPraise for The Great Greene Heist series: [A] smartly crafted but breezy adventure that might just have students secretly cooking up schemes of their own. -- Children's Book Council* The elaborate bait and switch of this fast-paced, funny caper novel will surprise its readers as much as the victims. They'll want to reread immediately. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewSheer fun. -- The Horn Book

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