We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from J. Anderson Coats! Jillian writes to us about fireworks, and the two wonderful weeks one summer when she was a kid during which she and her older brother planned an awesome July 4th fireworks show.
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J. Anderson Coats is the author The Wicked and the Just, one of Kirkus’s Best Teen Books of 2012, a 2013 YALSA Best for Young Adults (BFYA) winner, and a School Library Journal Best Books of 2012 selection. It was also a 2012 Junior Library Guild selection and won the 2013 Washington State Book Award for Young Adults. Jillian’s short story, “Mother Carey’s Table,” appeared in A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, and Other Badass Girls (Candlewick, 2016). Her second book, The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming, is a middle-grade novel set in Washington Territory in the 1860s which follows a girl moving west with her family as part of the second Mercer emigration expedition. R is for Rebel (formerly Ungovernable Girls), forthcoming from Atheneum in spring 2018, follows the daughter of known subversives as she’s sent away to be re-educated and must walk the line between rebellion and survival. Jillian lives in the Pacific northwest with her husband, teenage son, and a cat with thumbs.