Angela Cerrito is an author and playwright. The Safest Lie was inspired by Irena Sendler's child rescues in the Warsaw ghetto. The novel is based on research in Warsaw, Poland that included meeting and interviewing Irena Sendler and reading transcripts of interviews with Jewish children recorded at the end of the war. This research trip was made possible through SCBWI's Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant. Her debut novel, The End of the Line, about a boy coming to terms with his role in the death of a friend, received several awards including VOYA’s Top of the Top Shelf, a YALSA Quick Pick and a Westchester Fiction Honor Award. Her play, The Power of Poetry, was awarded the Best Play Audience Choice award at the 2015 IMCOM Europe new play festival.
Angela serves as the Assistant International Adviser for SCBWI and co-organizer of SCBWI at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. She is a member of ILA (International Literary Association), ALAN (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents), Willamette Writers and Write Club. For the past several years, Angela has been a judge for the Young Adult Fiction Festival in Paris, France. She has presented on writing, literature and the Warsaw ghetto child rescues to schools, small community groups and to larger organizations and festivals.
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