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Laura Shovan’s novel-in-verse, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was an NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel and won CYBILS and Nerdy Book Club awards. She is a longtime poet-in-the-schools and the author and editor of three books of poetry for adults. Her latest book, Takedown, publishes in June, 2018. Visit her at:

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Laura Shovan’s debut middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was a 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, as well a Nerdy Book Club award. Laura was a wrestling mom for seven years, and her son’s experiences as a member of the Howard County Vipers travel wrestling team were the inspiration for Take Down, her second novel. Laura and her family live in Maryland, where she is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.

Laura is represented by Stephen Barbara at Inkwell Management.

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY Educator’s Guide is available as a free download from Random House Children’s Books. Find it here.


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