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Author Leigh Bardugo Sees Writers Reinventing Heroes in Young Adult Books

Traditionally, the hero in books have usually been one kind of person … white and male. Author Leigh Bardugo is excited to say that more and more young adult novels out there are featuring heroes and victors who can be anyone—someone who has ADHD but who is an expert sharpshooter, a person of color, or a plus-sized girl. Hero’s stories belong to everyone and these books are telling their readers: “Go out and conquer!”

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Leigh Bardugo


Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. The Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and short stories that can be found in multiple anthologies.