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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. She is also the editor of an anthology of essays for all ages, That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone.


Amina (Through My Eyes series)
Amina (Through My Eyes series)
“This touching story brings home vividly the dangers of creating art that seeks to be true–and all the more so during a vicious civil war. Thankfully, Amina’s teenage curiosity and courage also signal hope.” -Beverley Naidoo, author of Carnegie Medal winner The Other Side of Truth.
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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 Blog Tour

My good friend and co-collaborator over at Mother, Writer, Mentor, Tania Pryputniewicz, invited me to join this blog tour. I first met Tania over a decade ago when she submitted …

Amina: Through My Eyes

The book trailer!

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