Ep. 119: Elly Swartz on Writing Heartfelt Stories for Tweens with Mental Health Themes

Today my guest is Elly Swartz, author of the new middle grade novel, Dear Student, about a girl with social anxiety who becomes the secret voice of her middle school’s advice column.  



“Tweens won’t be able to put down this heartfelt story with a fresh plot, vibrant characters, and even a recipe for whoopie pies.”—Parents magazine


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About the Author:

Elly Swartz grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She studied psychology at Boston University and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Elly lives in Massachusetts and is happily married with two grown sons, a beagle named Lucy, and a pup named Baxter Bean. Finding Perfect, called “a clear, moving portrayal of obsessive-compulsive disorder” by Publishers Weekly, was her debut novel. She is also the author of Smart Cookie and Give and Take.

You can find out more about her books at her website https://ellyswartz.com/


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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski


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