Laura Shovan


Laura Shovan’s debut middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was an NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the year, and won a Cybils Award for poetry. It was an Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices honor book. Laura’s novel, Takedown, was selected by Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way, and was on the ALA’s 2019 Amelia Bloomer Project List. A Place on the Table, written with author/activist Saadia Faruqi will be published in 2020. Laura is a longtime poet-in-the-schools in her home state of Maryland.