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Erin Entrada Kelly loves the honesty from her young readers

Award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly loves the honesty from her young readers — whether they enjoy her books or not!

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Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of chapter books for tweens and teens, including Hello, Universe — winner of the 2018 Newbery Medal. Her books explore coming of age with sensitivity and honesty, dealing with issues such as bullying, building friendships, and feeling like an outsider.


Young people are incredibly honest, which is one of the reasons I love writing for them and talking to them, because, you know, they haven’t developed the filters yet. So they’ll just be very straightforward and honest, which I love. “I thought your book was boring.” It doesn’t bother me. I mean of course not all kids are going to like all books, just like not all adults are going to like all books. I love hearing from kids no matter what they thought of the book. I just like to know they’re reading.