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Renee Watson

Renée Watson grew up in Portland Oregon, came to New York for her degree in writing, and now teaches poetry in the New York City Schools. Her books include Betty Before X , Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills , A Place Where Hurricanes Happen , and What Momma Left Me which debuted as the New Voice for 2010 in middle grade fiction by The Independent Children's Booksellers Association.