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Tami Charles

When Tami Charles was a teacher, she noticed that, although there was more diversity in children’s books than when she was young, there still just wasn’t enough. So she decided to write some books of her own. Her debut middle grade novel, Like Vanessa, is about thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martins, who tries to be like Vanessa Williams (the first black Miss America) and enters her school beauty pageant. The book made a real splash: it won the 2017 SCBWI Book Launch Award; was featured as a 2018 "Indies Introduce" Selection, a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, and on the 2018 Spring Kids Next List; and received three starred reviews. 

Three Questions with Tami Charles
Meet Tami Charles, author of Like Vanessa
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