Nikki Shannon Smith

About the Author

Nikki Shannon Smith is the author of 17 published and forthcoming books, ranging from board books to young adult novels. Her work includes five titles in Capstone’s multi-author, historical fiction/adventure, middle grade series, Girls Survive. These titles are about fictional girls who survived the Tulsa Race Massacre, Underground Railroad, Titanic, Oregon Trail, and the Civil War. Her writing is informed not only by her research, but by her childlike curiosity and nearly 30 years of elementary school teaching experience.

Nikki lives in Woodland, California, but travels for conferences and author visits whenever she can. The first thing she packs in her suitcase is always a book. Learn more about Nikki at nikkishannonsmith.com.

Discussion Questions
Battle of the Books Home
Lena and the Burning of Greenwood By Nikki Shannon Smith

NOLS Book Talk

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Betty Before X
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Loretta Little Looks Back
by Andrea Davis Pinkney

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Stella by Starlight
by Sharon M. Draper

Tulsa Race Riots and the Red Summer of 1919 by Kevin P. Winn with Kelisa Wing

Tulsa Race Riots
by Kevin Winn & Kelisa Wing

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Unspeakable
by Carole B. Weatherford

Additional Activities

About Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a book group for 4th graders, offered by NOLS in collaboration with schools in Clallam County. Students, including homeschool students, can sign up through their teachers to participate and receive a free copy of each book. From November through March, Library staff will hold book discussions with participating classrooms.