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Tamora Pierce says she grew up poor, “but we always had a lot of books. …Books are still the main yardstick by which I measure true wealth.” Her family struggled, and Pierce struggled for a long time before she could earn a living as a writer. She became well-known when she published her first series, “The Song of the Lioness.” This year, Pierce received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her “lasting and significant contribution to young adult literature.” Her new novel is “Battle Magic” (Scholastic).