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Solving Great Mysteries #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Solving Great Mysteries #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Solving Great Mysteries

This panel will give you all the clues you need to unlock great mysteries for young readers!  How does the mystery format differ from other sub-genres, and how does this affect which young readers will find mysteries most appealing, and how mysteries can be effectively used in classrooms?  How much violence is acceptable in a mystery for kids–and how, for instance, are guns portrayed?  How much realism do kids want/need in a mystery story, and how can/should adult gatekeepers suspend their own disbelief when realism goes flying? And finally, what’s the state of mysteries for kids today with regards to real world issue, like gender and diversity? 

Sheela Chari is the author of FINDING MIGHTY, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Amazon Best Book of the Month selection; and VANISHED, an APALA Children’s Literature Honor Book, Edgar finalist for best juvenile mystery, and Al’s Book Club Pick on the Today Show. She teaches creative writing at Mercy College and lives with her family in New York.  Visit her online at

Sheela Chari KidLitCon2019

Erin Dionne’s latest novel for tweens is Lights, Camera, Disaster (Scholastic 2018). She’s written 5 other books for young readers. Her first picture book, Captain’s Log: Snowbound (Charlesbridge), released in November 2018. She teaches at Montserrat College of Art and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog.  

Erin Dionne KidLitCon2019 Mystery Panel

David A. Kelly is the author of the Ballpark Mysteries series from Random House, in which cousins Kate and Mike solve mysteries at different major league ballparks, and the Most Valuable Players (MVP) series from Random House, in which a group of elementary school kids have adventures playing different sports. Mr. Kelly is also the author of Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse and the picture book Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and Secret Mud that Changed Baseball. In addition, he has written about travel and technology for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun Times, and many other publications. For more information or a free Skype session, visit

David A. Kelly KidLitCon2019

Diana Renn (moderator) is the author of three YA mysteries: Tokyo Heist, Latitude Zero, and Blue Voyage (all published by Viking / Penguin) as well as co-author of an adult thriller, False Idols (Serial Box / Adaptive Books). She works at Author Accelerator, managing a team of thirty book coaches who work with writers to develop their stories from concept to completion. She also teaches writing workshops at Grub Street, most recently a workshop on crafting the middle grade / young adult detective. You can learn more at and at

Diana Renn KidLitCon 2019 Mystery Panel

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Solving Great Mysteries #KidLitCon2019 Panel

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