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J.L. Powers is the author of three novels for young adults: Amina, The Confessional and This Thing Called the Future; editor of an anthology of essays for all ages, That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone; and author of a picture book, Colors of the Wind: the story of blind artist and champion runner George Mendoza.


Colors of the Wind: The story of blind artist and champion runner George Mendoza
Colors of the Wind: The story of blind artist and champion runner George Mendoza
"The story of George Mendoza, told in J.L. Powers' beautiful, poetic language, is an illumination of the persistent power of art. Colors of the Wind reminds us all that our biggest burdens are often our greatest gifts." —Kathi Appelt, author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp and The Underneath
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This Thing Called the Future
This Thing Called the Future
"Despite pervasive HIV and the specter of rape, as well as the restrictions on girls’ freedom that are her society’s only response, Khosi manages to find her power, refuse to be a victim, and carve out a future for herself that embraces both the modern and the traditional."--The Horn Book Magazine
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That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone
That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone
Skipping Stones Honor Book. A Notable Book for a Global Society. "Coming of age during a time of war: fighting, dying, surviving. Seventeen first-person accounts from around the world. "Uplifting tales of survival… War’s most vulnerable victims have their say.”--Kirkus
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Blog

My Writing Process Round 2

Hey, ya’ll, I already did this blog tour but Ann Angel (who writes for annangelwriter.com and thepiratetree.com) asked me to participate again so I thought I’d do round 2. I …

Storytime with J.L. Powers

In which I read Colors of the Wind: the story of blind artist and champion runner George Mendoza to two cheeky 3 year olds (one of them is my own).

Events

Monday, November 19, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
"Books that Make a Difference: Kids Taking Action for Social Justice."
J.L. Powers will be a guest speaker at the Children's Literature Assembly.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
"Reaching Them All."
Young adult authors Ann Angel, Peter Marino, J.L. Powers, and Varian Johnson will be presenting on social justice and young adult literature at the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) annual conference.
March 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
"Voices of Children in War."
Moderator for panel