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Kate Messner

USA flag (b.1970)

Kate Messner grew up in Medina, a small town in Western New York. She graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communication with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a television news producer and reporter in Syracuse, NY and then Burlington, VT, before going back to school to get a teaching degree.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
New Books
February 2023

Once Upon a Book
May 2023

Zeke for President
(Fergus and Zeke, book 5)
Non fiction
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