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Esme Raji Codell is an avid collector of sparkly stickers and a pretty good roller skater. She is also the author of Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year, which won an Alex Award, given for the best adult books for young adults, among many honors. She has worked as a children's bookseller, teacher, and school librarian, and now runs the popular children's literature Web site www.planetesme.com. Esme lives in Chicago with her husband and son
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