I was feeling like a real misfit in middle school, but when I saw ‘Wicked,’ it made me feel really cool for being different… and you can carve that in stone! – Jennifer Damiano
A lot of people ask me, ‘How did you have the courage to walk up to record labels when you were 12 or 13 and jump right into the music industry?’ It’s because I knew I could never feel the kind of rejection that I felt in middle school. Because in the music industry, if they’re gonna say no to you, at least they’re gonna be polite about it. – Taylor Swift
The middle grade years are filled with a combination of fear and fearlessness. Young people struggle to understand their changing bodies, relationships to each other, and their place within their families. Through Kori’s middle grade adventures, readers can safely explore their feelings of anger, distrust, loyalty, affection, loss, and identity.