Kurtis Scaletta is the author of four novels for young readers: Mudville (2009), Mamba Point (2010), The Tanglewood Terror (2011), and The Winter of the Robots (2013), all published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. He is also the author of the Topps League series, illustrated by Eric Wight and Ethen Beavers, and published by Abrams Amulet. The Winter of the Robots has received a starred review from Booklist and was called "a ripping yarn with a big heart and a lot of wit and invention" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His other books have gotten honors such as Junior Library Guild Selection; a Booklist Top 10 Sports Book for Youth (2009); and a Minnesota Book Awards "Readers' Choice" Award.
Scaletta was born in Louisiana but lived in many places while growing up, including Monrovia, Liberia. As a child he enjoyed reading and writing. He notes on his website, "I was a voracious reader as a child and still remember the constant wonder and magic of discovering new worlds, new books and new authors. I decided then I would be a writer and write the kinds of books I loved reading." Scaletta will be visiting several elementary schools in the Appleton area and appearing at The Building for Kids Children's Museum during the festival.
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