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Children's book authors who call the Queen City home

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Written by Gi Hallmark

Charlotte is fortunate to be home to a rich crop of writers, many whom are award winning and NY Times Bestselling authors. In the picture book, early reader and middle reader genres, here is selection of 8 resident authors every Charlottean should get to know.

Author: Carrie Ryan

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Shorts/Anthologies

Carrie is a NY Times Bestselling author who was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law who used to be a litigator and now writes full time here in Charlotte.

Check out: Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer

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Author: A.J. (Andrew James) Hartley

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Adult Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Academic Books, Essays

Check Out: Darwen Arkwright Series

AJ is a NY Times Bestselling author who was born in northern England and is currently the Robinson Professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he specializes in the performance history, theory and criticism of Renaissance English drama.

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Author: Tameka Fryer Brown

Genre(s): Picture Books

Check Out: My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

Award winning author Tameka Fryer Brown is a native of Miami, Florida, has called Charlotte, North Carolina home for more than eighteen years.

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Author: Donna Earnhardt

Genre(s): Picture Books

Check Out : Being Frank

Donna is a wife, mom, homeschool teacher, and writer. She is from Cordova, NC and currently resides in Charlotte.

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Author: EK Smith

Genre(s): Early Readers

Check Out: Alien Dude

Local resident EK Smith (Beth) is a veteran teacher who penned this series to entice reluctant readers.

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Author: Lisa Williams Kline

Genre(s): Middle Grade

Check Out: Wild Horse Spring

Lisa grew up in Winston-Salem and graduated from Duke and received a Masters from UNC Chapel Hill. Lisa currently resides in Mooresville.

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Author: Christy Lynn Allen

Genre(s): Middle Grade

Check Out: Samantha Green and the Case of the Haunted Pumpkin

Christy holds a Bachelor's degree in English from University of Michigan. She lives in the Charlotte, NC area with her husband, John, and their beloved dog, Murphy,

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Authors: Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs

Genre(s): Middle Grade

Check Out: Virals Series

NY Times Bestselling co-authors and mother-son team Kathy and Brendan Reichs are proud to call Charlotte home.

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