Some weekends ago I attended the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference in Springfield, MA. The conference was   excellent, and I was fortunate  to attend workshops by Marcia Amidon Lusted, Sudipta Bardham-Quallen, Kate Messner and Kami Kinard. In addition to great workshops and presentations, the conference has a series of raffles during the weekend.  And I won! A writers group put together a basket to celebrate the debut novel Golden Boy written by Tara Sullivan, one of its members.   Tara tells the story of Habo, a thirteen year old African boy who is  an albino. Forced to leave his home with his family, Habo learns that he is being hunted because albino body parts are thought to bring good luck.  Golden Boy is an engaging and important book and I feel lucky to both have won it and read it. It is being released this month so keep an eye out for it.  For more information about Tara, check out her website at www.tarasullivanbooks.com


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