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It’s the 1980s and Pie is a frustrated graffiti artist hoping to make it big like his idol Jean-Michel Basquiat. JJ is a punk rock lover struggling to fit in at his new school in Brooklyn. The boys stumble into an unlikely friendship, swapping notes about their love of art and music. A dual narrative story told in verse, exploring topics of immigration, mental health, family, and racism, Moonwalking examines class, cross-racial friendships, and two boys' search for belonging.
Zetta Elliott is a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. Her poetry has been published in We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices. She is the author of the Dragons in a Bag series for middle grade readers. Her picture book, Bird, won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books' New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. She lives in Chicago.
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is an author, teacher, and librarian. Her books for teens and young readers include Gringolandia, Surviving Santiago, Rogue, and She Persisted: Temple Grandin. As an adult, she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and delves into her diagnosis often in her writing. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and Lisbon, Portugal.
Deborah D. Taylor, a Politics & Prose contributing moderator, retired from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. She has chaired and served on many American Library Association committees and on the National Book Awards jury for young people’s literature. She was named the 2015 recipient of the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is a reviewer and currently serves as the chair of the Ezra Jack Keats Awards Committee.
Ages 10 to 14