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Amanda Flower, January 5
Amanda Flower, born in Akron Ohio, is an American academic librarian and writer of mystery novels under her real name and the pen name Isabella Alan. She writes for adults and children. She won the Agatha Award for Children'Adult book in 2015 for Andi Unstoppable, and was nominated for an Agatha Award in 2010 (Maid of Murder), 2013 (Andi Unexpected), and 2014 (Andi Under Pressure)s/Young Adult book in 2015 for Andi Unstoppable, and was nominated for an Agatha Award in 2010 (Maid of Murder), 2013 (Andi Unexpected), and 2014 (Andi Under Pressure).
Denise Dufala, January 26
Denise Dufala is an Emmy-award-winning journalist who spent 30 years as a news anchor and reporter at the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. She also wrote a page 2 column for the Sunday edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Denise is a member of the Ohio Radio-Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI). In 2017, Denise teamed up with Values-In-Action Foundation to become National Program Ambassador for their school-based anti-bullying program, Be Kind(TM) STICK TOGETHER. (TM) Denise is known for her work with children and charities. She regularly volunteers for The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and sings in her church choir. Bomba the Brave is Denise's first book. It is based on a story she wrote in the first grade, as a student of Mrs. Kathy Fish. Denise resides in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Ed and their son, James, who created the first illustration of Bomba.