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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Crystal Chan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Chan lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Crystal Chan grew up in Wisconsin. She has published articles in several magazines; given talks and workshops across the country; facilitated discussion groups at national conferences; and been a professional storyteller. ''Bird'', is her first novel. An online curriculum guide is available at the [ author's website].She has also adapted several "Classics" for "Manga Classics" graphic novels including, Les Miserables, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jane Eyre, Jungle Book, Great Expectations, The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. She also edited the "Festivals of the World" series which includes: Japan, The United States, Egypt, Israel, England and India.



-- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Chan's presentation topics include: *Letting your real self shine *When There's No Box To Check - Falling in the Racial Cracks, Multiracial Students, and Diversity *How To Break All the Rules and Still Get Ten Countries *Beyond being "unique" a mixed-race author in a monoracial world *Hey, they whitewashed my book! On race and diversity *The writer's journey wandering the path of bedazzlement *Bird - Activity and writing workshop. Presentations can also be designed for your needs. Please contact the author for rates and availability. Chan is represented by Emily van Beek (Emily at foliolit dot com) of Folio Literary Management.

Selected Titles At Your Library

All that I can fix /
ISBN: 1534408886. OCLC Number: 1007494772

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"In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about fifteen-year-old Ronney--he's from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. Can Ronney figure out a way to hold it together as all his worlds fall apart?"--

ISBN: 1534408894. OCLC Number: 1056731329


ISBN: 9781442450905. OCLC Number: 827527790

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Twelve-year-old Jewel was born on the day her brother Bird died and lives in a house of silence and secrets, but a new boy in her Iowa town may help find the answers Jewel wants despite her Jamaican grandfather's warning that he is a duppy, a malevolent spirit.