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170 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 wellesley college English professor and local children's book author Susan Lynn Meyer has always loved books. As a child she dreamed of being a writer one day, devouring novels such as The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken. "I loved being immersed in the worlds of these characters and thought writing would be a great career, but I needed to be practical too," Meyer said. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, she went on to earn her master's degree in English Literature at UCLA and her Ph.D. from Yale Univer - sity. She began teaching English at Wellesley College where she wrote literary criticism, including her book Imperialism at Home, about the prevalence and impact of racial metaphors in Victorian literature. Penguin Random House published her first children's novel, Black Radishes, in 2010. It is based on her father's experience as a Jewish boy in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Black Radishes won a Sydney Taylor honor award and was named a Massachusetts Book Award Must-Read finalist, and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book, among other honors. The sequel, Skating with the Statue of Liberty (also published by Penguin Random House) just came out in April and has already been preselected as a Junior Library Guild book. Skating follows 12-year-old Gustave as he arrives in America in 1942 and experiences life as a French immigrant in New York City. He befriends September Rose, an African-American girl in his school class, and witnesses racism in America for the first time, mirroring his own Susan Lynn Meyer library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors A Message of Humanity for Young Readers PAT T Y L E N Z B O V I E writer books H A N N A H W I N K L E R

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