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Word of South 2021

Madeleine Kuderick

Young Adult Literature
Gold Medal
Kiss of Broken Glass (HarperTeen) by Madeleine Kuderick

Madeleine Kuderick grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, a community with rich literary tradition, where she was editor-in-chief of the same high school newspaper that Ernest Hemingway wrote for as a teen. She studied journalism at Indiana University before moving to Florida and completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida and MBA at Saint Leo University. Today, she lives in Palm Harbor on Florida’s beautiful gulf coast. Madeleine is published in anthologies and magazines and speaks at reading conferences, literature festivals, and schools across the country. She enjoys writing about underdogs and giving a voice to those who are struggling to be heard. Kiss of Broken Glass is her debut novel and a YALSA 2015 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.