A day after her debut at the Miami Book Fair, novelist Janelle Milanes '03 met with students on both campuses to share her personal story and give insight into her newly released young adult novels, which have earned significant attention and praise. Milanes, the daughter of RE's Director of Financial Aid Jackie Milanes, spoke with Upper School students in the Pagoda in the morning and then to the entire Middle School student body during an afternoon assembly.
She shared tales about Analee, In Real Life, her second teen novel, and her debut book, The Victoria In My Head. She talked about the art of writing and took questions. She shared with pride that her second book merited a New York Times book review on Nov. 18, and even talked about her actual first novel – one that wasn't picked up by a major publishing house and therefore not published.
She stopped at Ransom Everglades after having served on a young adult book panel – "Young Adult Authors on Love, Loneliness, and Everything in Between" – with David Levithan and Ngozi Ukazu at the Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College on Nov. 18.
She, her husband Dan and daughter Victoria Milanes Mulhall, who turned one last week, live in New York City.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.