Meet “It’s All Write!” 2017 Judge #3: Kristin Bartley Lenz!
Thu, 03/09/2017 - 1:17pm by BugsAndSlugs
The third judge for this year's “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest is Kristin Bartley Lenz, a writer and social worker from Metro-Detroit whose debut novel, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go was a Junior Library Guild Fall Selection in 2016. Kristin fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Georgia and California. Now she’s back in Detroit where she plots wilderness escapes and manages the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
In The Art of Holding on and Letting Go, Cara, a competitive climber who feels most at home in the mountains, is sent to Detroit to live with her grandparents and attend public school when a tragedy separates her from her parents and the nomadic lifestyle she's always known. Cara's story is described as, "A hot pick for outdoorsy teens who like relatable characters, with a bit of romance, mystery, and a road trip."(School Library Journal) and "A compelling, unusual coming-of-age story.” (Kirkus)
Stay tuned for more information about the “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest 2017 Judges!