Books for Children & Young Adults
Rebecca Caprara graduated from Cornell University and practiced architecture before shifting her focus from bricks to books. She writes stories for readers of all ages and loves experimenting with narrative forms and new genres. Her work ranges from poetry and picture books to middle grade and young adult novels.
Her debut middle grade novel, The Magic of Melwick Orchard (Lerner/Carolrhoda) was longlisted for a Massachusetts Book Award. Her middle grade novel-in-verse, Worst-Case Collin (Charlesbridge) received wide acclaim, including the prestigious International Youth Library White Ravens selection. It was also named a "Best Children's Book of the Year" by the Bank Street College of Education, a “Notable Verse Novel” by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award Committee, and was a finalist for the Mark Twain Readers Award. She also writes the Mission Multiverse series published by Abrams/Amulet, hailed as a “fast-paced intergalactic romp” by Publishers Weekly.
Her most recent books include Camilla's Concert, the newest installment in her picture book series with KiwiCo Press, and Spin, a feminist reimagining of Ovid's myth of Arachne for young adult readers published by Simon&Schuster/Atheneum. Since its publication, Spin has received multiple starred reviews (Kirkus, SLJ, PW) and was named a Best Book of 2023 by both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.
Rebecca is the recipient of the Marguerite W. Davol Picture Book Manuscript Scholarship, as well as the Jane Yolen Scholarship from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. An artist and avid globetrotter, she has lived in Italy, Singapore, and Canada. She is now growing roots with her family in Massachusetts, where she also hosts a book club for young readers at an independent bookstore in her community.
PRAISE & REVIEWS
"Gifted poet and storyteller Caprara keeps readers engaged, varying the pace, cadence, and emotional shading of Arachne’s passionate refutation of the gods’ ruthless exercise of power and privilege. Her own anger serves her purposes; if speaking truth to power exacts a high price, it’s one she’s willing to pay. Exciting, richly textured, thought-provoking fare."
“In Spin, Rebecca Caprara pulls together threads of millennia-old stories and weaves a completely fresh tapestry that unravels what we thought we knew of Arachne.
From the first page, lush, self-assured verse immerses readers in a world both mythic and all too familiar.
A TOUR DE FORCE!”
Award-winning author of
Blood Water Paint
"Via alternating past and present narration told in sensate verse, Caprara cultivates a tale of ill-fated competition between mortals and gods in this captivating read...Fittingly using Arachne’s mythos as a framework, Caprara navigates issues surrounding gender norms, grief, and trauma, while accentuating how art and storytelling can serve as acts of healing and advocacy."
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