Kerry Madden is the author of the Smoky Mountain Trilogy published by Viking Children's Books. The books include Gentle's Holler (2005), Louisiana Song (2007), and Jessie's Mountain (2008) set in the heart of Appalachia in the Smokies. Her first novel, Offsides, was a New York Public Library Pick for the Teen Age in 1997. Her biography, Up Close Harper Lee (Viking) made Booklist's Ten Top Biographies of 2009 for Youth and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist.
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