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Kansas City's L. L. McKinney Delivers More Black Girl Magic

Author releases her second novel featuring her teenage black female superhero.

L. L. McKinney's experience as a woman of color in the publishing industry has required patience and persistence, but it has resulted in two young adult novels. Both revolve around the heroine Alice, caught up in a Wonderland very different from the Lewis Carroll original. McKinney talked about the importance of representation in fantasy fiction and said, when it comes to writing for teens, "you have to come at them with respect, with understanding."

The official release party for 'A Dream So Dark' will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64111. Go to LLMcKinney.com to RSVP. Follow the hashtag #TurnUpTeaParty across all social platforms for updates.

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Jamie Hobbs hails from Southeastern Missouri, and is a senior at the Missouri School of Journalism. She is also studying Spanish. She specializes in reporting stories on the environment and human rights.