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Break Out of Your Shell and Meet "Turtle Boy"!

A children's novel about friendship, courage, and self worth
Posted at 10:39 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 11:39:39-04

Author Evan Wolkenstein is no stranger to feeling like the odd one out. He began writing a comic strip 30 years after surgery to correct a facial difference titled "How I Learned to Love My Face". Now that comic strip has evolved into a beautiful story of a middle school boy who mostly finds comfort in his turtle friends, trying to overcome his own differences, while making an unlikely friend in the process. Evan Wolkenstein joins us today to talk about his inspiration for writing the book, his own experiences, and how we can all learn to break out of our shell.

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