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This year's theme: Robots Don't Have Hearts

The purpose of the Young Authors' Conference (YAC) is to motivate and stimulate creative writing and to provide recognition for original work. The YAC is sponsored by One Book, One Community which includes the High Point Regional, Frankford Township, Lafayette Township, Montague and Sussex-Wantage Regional School Districts. All area students are invited to attend. Everyone should bring original work to share. There will be books to purchase at a Scholastic Book Fair. Please note that there will NOT be a nurse on campus the day of the conference.

Author Spotlight

Kristen started writing stories at nine years old. She is the author of two self-published children’s books, Magic Stones and Freddy The Tiger. Her short stories Peter’s Window and Room Three were published in the literary magazine GoldFinch. One of Kristen’s one-act plays, When Strangers Meet, was professionally read by the Tri-State Actor's Theatre. Three of her students recently performed her one-] act play, One More Latte, as part of the high school Night of One Acts. Kristen resides and works as a School Counselor at a high school in Northern NJ. She spends as much time as possible in Maine and Vermont.


Congratulations to Lafayette Township School 8th grader Justin Lasso for the winning t-shirt design!

One Book Reads

Love Z

by Jessie Sima

(Grades K-3)

School of Whatnots

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

(Grades 4-Adult)

Suggested Reading List

Fiction Titles

  • Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess, Tom Gauld (PreK-3)
  • Spacebot, Mike Twohy (PreK-3)
  • Doug Unplugged, Dan Yaccarino (K-4)
  • Nate the Great and the Earth Day Robot, Andrew Sharmat (2-3)
  • House of Robots, James Patterson (3-7)
  • Nick and Tesla Series, Bob Pflugfelder (3-7)
  • A Rover’s Story, Jasmine Warga (3-7)
  • The Wild Robot Series, Peter Brown (3-7)
  • Superteacher Project, Gordon Korman (4-6)
  • Ungifted, Gordon Korman (5-8)

Nonfiction Titles

  • Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover, Markus Motum (3-7)
  • Homemade Robots: 10 simple bots to build the stuff around the house, Ronald Sarafan (5-8)
  • Facts Vs. Opinions Vs. Robots, Michael Rex (PreK-3)