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Local author spotlight

Todd Mitchell

The Last Panther:

When eleven-year-old Kiri helps her scientist father capture the last known wild panther, her life in her Florida swamp becomes threatened by poachers, and she must embark on a dangerous journey to save both the panther and herself. Giant sea turtles, climate refugees, and mystical encounters with the Shadow that Hunts populate this fast-paced, heart-pounding tale. (For ages 9 & up.)

"BRILLIANT! A boldly original, profoundly wise, deeply moving book. It’s a rare gift to any reader, as well as to our planet."
—T. A. Barron, author of the Merlin Saga

"A powerful tale." —KIRKUS

"Told in vivid, heartbreaking detail and filled with strong, developed characters ...tackles an important theme in a compelling way." —BOOKLIST

"Difficult to put down. An important addition on a timely subject."—SLJ

"Earnest, heartfelt, and passionate, this book will likely inspire new environmentalists." —Bulletin

About the Author

Todd Mitchell is the author of several award-winning books for young readers and teens including The Last Panther (2018 Colorado Book Award Winner and Green Earth Honor Book Award winner), The Traitor King, The Secret to Lying (Colorado Book Award Winner), and Backwards (CAL Award Winner). He created the graphic series Broken Saviors (available on Comixology), and co-wrote the graphic novel A Flight of Angels (Vertigo, a YALSA "Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens" pick). Currently, he serves as Director of the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program at Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife, dog, and two wise daughters. You can visit him (and learn about his squirrel obsession) at

Previous Authors

August 2018: Lorrie Wolfe

July 2018: Barbara Tyner

May 2018: Brad Vogler

April 2018: Margaret Mizushima

March 2018: Caryl C. Block

January 2018: Linnea Tanner

November 2017: Joe Plummer

December 2017: Kris Ayers


December 2017: Kris Ayers

November 2017: Joe Plummer

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Each month, we’ll feature a local author in our newsletter and on our website. Featured books should have been published within the last two years and the author should be local to Clearview Library District. The Library will hold the author’s work to the same standards as those used for collection development. Please query Casey at if you would like to be featured. We will also add a donated copy of your book to the Library’s collection. For more information about how authors can have their work showcased at the library, please read The Clearview Library District's Local Author Policy.