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Anne Ursu has written several fantasy books for young readers, including “The Shadow of Thieves,” “The Siren Song,” “The Immortal Fire” and “Breadcrumbs.” Her work “Breadcrumbs,” a contemporary spin on the classic fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” was named one of the best books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com, School Library Journal, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and the Chicago Public Library. It was also recognized on the IndieBound Next List and was featured on NPR’s Backseat Book Club. Her latest book “The Real Boy” (HarperCollins) tells the story of Oscar, a shop boy for the most powerful magician in the village, whose simple world changes when children in the city start to fall ill and something sinister lurks in the forest. This story of magic, faith and friendship has earned the Horace Mann Upstanders Award, in addition to being recognized as an Indie Next pick and on the longlist for the 2013 National Book Award. Ursu is the 2013 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature. She teaches at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.