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HUM 7 - Independent Reading 2020: Kacen Callender



Pronouns: They/Them
Originally from: St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands
Fun fact: In 2018, in reaction to Hurricane Irma, Callender launched the online auction #USVIPubFund, under which they and other book publishing professionals raised $104,000 to support the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen Callender is a bestselling and award-winning author of the middle-grade novels "Hurricane Child" and "King and the Dragonflies," the young-adult novels "This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story" and "Felix Ever After," and two adult novels.​ They enjoy playing RPG video games in their free time.​ Kacen currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Book Talk: Hurricane Child

Scholastic Executive Editor Andrea Pinkney booktalks Kacen's book "Hurricane Child"

Books In Sora


  • 2019 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award for Hurricane Child[
  • 2019 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ* Children's/Young Adult for Hurricane Child

"There was once a park I’d walked through in New York City where suddenly the trees were almost too big and too green, butterflies started to rise from the grass with every step, and when I looked around there were no other people in sight. I began to think I’d walked into a completely different world. I turned a corner and got to the street where the city reappeared. When it was time to go home, I tried to find that section of the park again, but it’d completely disappeared and was replaced by swing sets and people walking their dogs. It’s possible I just made a wrong turn and/or that I have an overactive imagination, but it’s pieces of magic like this that I like to collect to create worlds." —Kacen Callendar, in an interview with BookPage