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Author Leigh Bardugo on Writing Characters with Learning Differences

Author Leigh Bardugo sees the ripples on the pond from her books that include characters with learning differences or autism when she talks to students at schools and libraries. They see themselves in those characters whether it’s Kaz who is touch-averse or Wyland who was based on a college friend of Ms. Bardugo who could barely read but who was an engineering genius … both of whom are in her book Six of Crows.

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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.