Lisa Stringfellow writes middle-grade fiction. Her debut fantasy A Comb of Wishes will be published on February 8, 2022, by HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books. She received the inaugural Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Manuscript Award in 2019 for the novel manuscript. Lisa is a middle-school teacher and lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her children and two bossy cats.
“I want to write stories like those I would have loved to read as a Black child. Students need to see a variety of stories that reflect Black lives and experiences. Too often, in schools children read stories about Black oppression and trauma and not the joy and love in our lives. Libraries in the past, and often still now, have more books written about Black people than by Black people, and nuance and authenticity are often lost in those books.”
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